The New School master's program in creative writing is based on the
principle that writing is a skill that can be learned through practice.
Good writers can come from any background. We are a community that cares
deeply about literary excellence and about the influence writers
can have beyond the world of letters. Whether or not you are already
published, we welcome your interest in developing your life as a writer.
A bachelor's degree from a
regionally accredited college or university and an acceptable writing
portfolio (described below) are the only prerequisites for applying.
Because of the integral nature of the MFA in Creative Writing, transfer credits are not accepted. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. Part-time study is not an option.
The application deadline for the new MFA in Arts Writing is June 3.
The application deadline for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and writing for children has passed. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis; for inquiries, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission. There is no spring semester admission.
Plan ahead to meet the application deadline. It takes time for supporting documents such as official transcripts and reference letters to reach The New School. Your application will not be reviewed until all the required documents have been received by the Office of Admission. Former students seeking readmission must contact the
Office of Admission for instructions before proceeding.
All applicants except readmits are required to use the online application. The application fee and most supporting documents can be submitted online with the application form. The online application form includes detailed instructions. You can also download the application instructions in PDF format. Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the application.
A complete MFA in Creative Writing application includes
Applicants with substantial accomplishments in more than one genre can apply for a dual concentration, but they must identify a primary and a secondary field and submit a separate writing portfolio for each.
Any supporting documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission, accompanied by a Materials Cover Sheet.
See special requirements for English language proficiency and transcript evaluation.
Go to the registrar for tuition and fees and to Student Financial Services for an estimate of other costs of attendance. Speak to an admission counselor if you are concerned about costs. The New School will work with you to help you finance your graduate studies. All accepted students are automatically considered for New School merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.
All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are considered for loans and grants on the basis of need. (The New School's federal school code is 002780.) You do not have to wait for an admission decision to file the FAFSA; you can file for the next year beginning January 1.
Successful applicants receive a letter of acceptance, which includes detailed information about and
instructions for financial aid, housing,
registration, student visas (for nonresidents of the United States),
and other matters.
A decision to admit is always contingent
upon an applicant's successful completion of any current studies and the receipt
of a final transcript by the Admission Committee. Accepted
students must arrange to have their official final transcripts sent before
they begin classes.
Writing portfolios and all other documents submitted as part of the
application for admission become the property of The New School and cannot be returned
to the applicant or transmitted to a third party.
Students who wish to apply to more than one graduate degree program at The New School must call the Office of Admission for instructions, at 212.229.5150 or toll-free at 800.292.3040.
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