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Admission to the MFA in Writing program is based on a creative writing sample and a brief statement of purpose. Both items should be emailed directly to MFA Program Director Beth Mead. Please follow the guidelines detailed below.

The MFA Program has a rolling admissions policy, with four submission deadlines per year, and is not limited to a specific number of acceptances each year. Each applicant is considered individually, and every creative writing sample is reviewed on its own merit. We are looking for students who clearly demonstrate strong writing skills, an understanding of the craft of creative writing, and a willingness to continue growing as a writer. We do not require GRE scores or letters of recommendation; program acceptance is based on the sample and statement. Students must also meet university admission requirements as detailed below before enrollment.


The writing sample should be 7 to 10 pages of creative writing. This can be an excerpt from a single longer work, or it can be a combination of various pieces and genres (fiction and/or poetry and/or creative nonfiction). Multiple pieces should be combined into a single Word document (for poetry, place one poem per page). Double-space fiction and nonfiction; single-space poems. Include your name and email on the first page of the document.


The Statement of Purpose should be approximately one to two double-spaced pages. Describe why you would like to pursue the MFA degree and the role writing has played in your life. Include your name and email on the document.

Email your writing sample and your statement of purpose as Word document attachments to the Program Director at


To begin coursework in:

Email your sample & statement to the Director by:

Summer Quarter (July-Sept)

May 1

Fall Quarter (Oct-Dec)

August 1

Winter Quarter (Jan-March)

November 1

Spring Quarter (April-June)

February 1


Along with the director’s acceptance into the MFA program based on the writing sample and statement of purpose, students must also apply for admission to the university and meet all university admissions requirements. The university admissions process may be completed after receiving MFA program acceptance from the Director.

The following items are required for University Admissions:

  • CV or Professional Resume (emailed to
  • Personal Statement (this may be the same statement of purpose that is submitted to the MFA Director for program acceptance)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts mailed to:

Lindenwood University
Evening and Graduate Admissions
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301

  • Fully Online Students: a color copy of driver’s license or passport for identity verification
  • Fully Online Students: a digital copy of an identification photo j-peg
  • On-Campus Students: a Lindenwood University photo ID card

International Students: Please note that international students have additional admissions requirements. Contact the International Office with any questions.

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301