How To Apply

Graduate Admission Requirements:

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, and our FAQ page for answers to your frequently asked questions. 

Next Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

How to Apply


Follow the Graduate Admission Procedures through Eastern Washington University’s Graduate Studies Office and submit a $75 application fee. You must complete a GradCAS application, where you can upload all necessary application materials. You also have the option to mail 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


To be considered for Financial Aid, you must file the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Submit one official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to GradCAS. Students who have obtained their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Washington University do not need to request their transcripts. For more detailed instructions, see #2 on the Application Instructions Page. Applicants may request that institutions send transcripts directly to GradCAS through  Credentials Solutions, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse, or they may be sent by mail from your university to the following address:

         GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
         PO Box 9217
         Watertown, MA 02471

Please note: Do not send your transcripts to EWU. Transcripts may only be received by the CAS Transcript Processing Center.

*Note that the program no longer requires GRE scores.


Students from non-English speaking countries must present a TOEFL score of 580 or its equivalent to the Graduate Studies Office.


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.

Sending Application

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 to the GradCAS application (instructions here). We prefer you upload your materials via GradCAS, however you do have the option to instead mail them directly to the our Riverpoint office, or email them as attachments to program coordinator Pam Russell,
Eastern Washington University
The MFA Program in Creative Writing
668 N. Riverpoint Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202-1677
Letters of reference may be sent directly from recommenders, 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 via the GradCAS application**

Applying for Teaching Assistantships:

As also explained in our Assistantships and Financial Aid section, fully funded 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 March 1 (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 March 1 for the following year. No applicant can be considered for a teaching assistantship until all required material has been received. Submitting your application early is encouraged.