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Selective MFA Program Admission

Admission to the MFA in Writing program is based upon approval of a creative writing sample and a statement of purpose. This selective acceptance process ensures that MFA students are at the point in their writing development where they are prepared for an intensive focus on their writing skills and growth, along with the ability to give thoughtful and productive feedback to the other writers in the program.

  • Students who plan to take the majority of their classes ONLINE must email their creative writing sample and statement of purpose to two email addresses: MFAdirector@lindenwood.edu and OnlineAdmissions@lindenwood.edu. Please follow the guidelines detailed below for the writing sample and statement, and please be sure to note in your email that you are applying as an ONLINE student (for most or all of your classes). Students must also complete all university admissions requirements (see overview below and contact OnlineAdmissions@lindenwood.edu with any questions about the university admissions process).
  • Students who plan to take the majority of their classes ON-CAMPUS must email their creative writing sample and statement of purpose to MFAdirector@lindenwood.edu. Please follow the guidelines detailed below for the writing sample and statement, and please be sure to note in your email that you are applying as an ON-CAMPUS student (for most or all of your classes). Students must also complete all university admissions requirements (see overview below and contact MFAdirector@lindenwood.edu with any questions).

Rolling Admissions

The MFA Program has a rolling admissions policy, with applications accepted throughout the year. Program acceptance is not limited to a specific number of students 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 director's approval of the writing sample and statement. Students must also meet university admission requirements (see below). 

WRITING SAMPLE GUIDELINES

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 or pdf (for poetry, place no more than one poem per page). Double-space fiction and nonfiction; single-space poems. Include your name and email on the first page of the document.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE GUIDELINES

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.

About our MFA in Writing program
What to expect in our online MFA classes

University Admissions Requirements

Along with seeking the program director’s acceptance into the MFA program based on a submitted writing sample and statement of purpose, students must also concurrently apply for admission to the university and meet all university admissions requirements. 

The following items are required for University Admissions:

  • Application for university admission completed online
  • CV or Professional Resume 
  • 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

ONLINE STUDENTS:
Contact our Online Admissions Team at  OnlineAdmissions@lindenwood.edu or 855-941-0568 to complete the university admissions process and ask any questions.

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

Tuition & Grants

Graduate tuition as of Summer 2019 is $495 per credit hour. There is no extra fee for fully online students. The MFA in Writing is a 48-credit-hour degree.

The MFA in Writing program offers three grants: $60 off per credit hour for K-12 teachers, $40 off per credit hour for community college instructors, and 50% tuition reduction for students age 60+. Contact admissions for details.

Contact the Student Financial Services office for information about financial aid and any other grants or university scholarships that may be available. 

The graduation fee, due toward the end of the program, is $125. 

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