How To Apply

Graduate Admission Requirements for the MFA Program

Applicants must submit a writing sample consisting of 10-15 pages of poetry or 15-25 pages of prose, a completed application form, an 800-word essay stating the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the MFA, and two letters of recommendation. All writing samples must include current contact information. See below for more information on the application process.

Application Deadline

February 16th, 2018 (Postmarked)

Follow these steps to apply, and see our All the Answers page if you have questions:

  1. Follow the Graduate Admission Procedures through Eastern Washington University’s Graduate Studies Office and submit a $75 application fee.  Mail all materials requested by Graduate Admissions — the program application, the application fee, transcripts, and TOEFL (for students from non-English speaking countries) to the following address:
    Eastern Washington University
    Graduate Studies Office
    206 SHW
    Cheney, WA 99004
  2. To be considered for Financial Aid, you must file the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3.  Submit one official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Graduate Studies Office (address above). Students who have obtained their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Washington University do not need to request their transcripts. Transcript Request Form (PDF).  Applicants may request that institutions send transcripts directly to Grad Studies, or they may choose to request that they be sent directly to themselves to be forwarded to Grad Studies all at once.  Please note: in the latter case, transcripts must still be in individually sealed envelopes to be considered official.
  4. Students from non-English speaking countries must present a TOEFL score of 580 or its equivalent to the Graduate Studies Office.
  5. If you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship, submit a Graduate Service Appointment (GSA) Application to the Creative Writing Program office and a brief letter describing your interest in and prior experience with teaching. A teaching statement is in addition to the Graduate Admission Essay.
  6. Submit a Graduate Admission Essay, a writing sample labeled with contact information (poetry 10-15 pages/prose 15-25 pages), and two letters of reference directly to the our Riverpoint office, or email them as attachments to program coordinator Pam Russell, prussell@ewu.edu:
    Eastern Washington University
    The MFA Program in Creative Writing
    668 N. Riverpoint Blvd
    #259
    Spokane, WA 99202-1677
    Letters of reference may be sent directly from their respective recommenders to our Riverpoint office, or applicants may choose to collect the letters themselves to be forwarded to us all at once, either together with the rest of their Riverpoint materials, or separately.  Please note:  if letters are forwarded via the applicant, each must be sealed in an unopened envelope and signed across the seal by the recommender.  Be assured that receipt of even partial admissions materials results in the creation of an applicant folder such that subsequent materials are properly assigned upon later receipt.  There is no date before which application materials are not accepted at our Riverpoint office.
    **We love trees! You can submit your Graduate Admission Essay, Writing Sample and GSA letter electronically.  Send to Pamela Russell, Program Coordinator at prussell@ewu.edu**

More information on teaching assistantships:

As also explained in our Assistantships and Financial Aid section, teaching assistantships are available for incoming students. These appointments award the recipient with a full tuition waiver and monthly stipend. To apply you must complete a Graduate Service Appointment (GSA) Application and have a complete program application file before February 17th (postmark deadline) for the following academic year. Applicants for teaching assistantships, in addition to the Graduate Admission Essay, must also write a brief letter in which they describe their interest in and prior experience with teaching. Teaching assistantships are awarded after February 17th for the following year. No applicant can be considered for a teaching assistantship until all required material has been received.

*Note that the program no longer requires GRE scores.