Prospective Students


When applying to graduate school, you're actually applying both to the department and to the Graduate College. As such, before you send in any application materials, be sure to apply online here and then pay the $30 application fee.

Deadline for Fall admission: January 15

Deadline for Spring admission: November 1

Applications must include:

  1. Writing sample

    For Fiction: 20 to 25 pages of literary fiction (this can be one story or several)

    For Creative Non-Fiction: 20 to 25 pages of literary creative non-fiction (this can be one piece or several)

    For Poetry: 15 to 20 pages of poetry

  2. A brief statement of intent

    that discusses your desire to earn an MFA degree and places your writing within a literary tradition, describing your experiences as both a reader of literature and a writer specific to the genre in which you are applying.  For example, what writers do you see as standouts within that same tradition, and what specifically do you admire about their writing? What aspects of craft and technique  do you hope to learn from them—or what  have you already learned from them? What traditions do those writers follow (or break away from), and do you feel you are similarly writing within a particular set of parameters (or breaking from expectations of the genre)?  Applicants should consider these questions simply as a guideline; the statement of intent should be composed creatively and in whatever way that best captures the interests and influences of the individual writer. Also, please let us know if you'd like to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in your statement of intent.

  3. Two letters of recommendation

    Here is a link to the recommendation form you must include with the letter of recommendation: /artsandletters/english/pdf/LetterOfRecommendation_Form.pdf

  4. Undergraduate transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA)

    The GRE is no longer required for admission.

  5. Online application

  6. Application fee

The writing sample, statement of intent, and two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Department of English (see address below); all other application materials should be sent to the Graduate College. You can contact the Graduate College ( or 561-297-3624) with any questions about transcripts or the online application process or fee.

Application documents (writing sample, statement of intent, and two letters of recommendation) should be sent to the following address:

Attn: English Graduate Advisor
English Department, CU 306
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Admission is competitive.  The graduate committee of the department reviews and deliberates upon all applications for each enrollment season simultaneously shortly after the deadline.