English: Creative Writing

Within the online application system, applicants must provide general information (including educational history details), as well as the following specific program requirements.

Applicants must also request official transcripts, and any required graduate test and/or language proficiency official scores, be sent to WMU.

Application deadlines

For Fall semester: January 10.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

Graduate test

This program requires the General GRE.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.


This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Submit a 750-word essay about your qualifications and readiness for graduate study, including key experiences that have prepared you for this work and the specific line(s) of inquiry and modes of study you wish to pursue.

Use the essay to highlight what sets you apart as a candidate for graduate study and describe specifically what you hope to achieve at WMU, including any faculty with whom you wish to work.

Please use the following as your opening sentence:
I am applying for admission into the ______________________________ program.

Programs/concentrations include:

Master of Arts in Literature and Language- MA

Master of Arts in Medieval Literature and Language—MA

Master of Arts in English Education—MA

Master of Fine Arts in Fiction—MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Poetry—MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting—MFA

Previous written work

Submit one writing sample on a topic in your chosen program/concentration. For the M.F.A. with a focus on fiction, it should be up to 30 pages of original fiction; for the M.F.A. with a focus on poetry, it should be 10-15 pages of original poetry; and for the M.F.A. with a focus on playwriting, it should be 15-30 pages of an original play or plays.

Other program materials

If applying for graduate assistantship, complete the following narrative and submit within the online application:

If you have taught before, write a 700- to 1000-word essay explaining your teaching philosophy and experience. If you have not taught, write a 500-word essay in which you imagine your own approach to teaching.

Additional information

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of English — College of Arts and Sciences

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