For students wishing to participate in the October residency 2016, all materials must be received by August 31, 2016.

Admission Requirements 

The Master of Fine Arts degree requires two types of admission: (a) Admission to Eastern Oregon University with “Graduate Student” status; and (b) Admission to the MFA program. Both applications should be submitted concurrently. Details below:

Admission requirements for the MFA program:

1. Admission to Eastern Oregon University with “Graduate Student” status.

2. Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, calculated on either of the following two

(a) Last 60 quarter hours completed of undergraduate upper-division coursework;
(b) 15 quarter hours of approved graduate-level coursework.

3. Official college transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

4. Two letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program.

5. A short (750 word) essay explaining your reasons for wishing to pursue the MFA in Creative Writing and how you will integrate the demands of the program with your current responsibilities.

6. Creative Portfolio of  your best creative work (10-15 pages of poetry; 15-20 pages of fiction or non-fiction).

7. A short (750 words) critical essay in which the student discusses a literary issue important to his or her anticipated genre of study.

Transfer Credits

The MFA Program allows a limit of 15 graded graduate-level credits (quarter hours) to be transferred from another accredited graduate-level institution.

All graduate-level courses taken prior to program admission, and all graduate-level transfer courses, will be reviewed for appropriateness of transfer into the MFA program. Courses will not be accepted that are not appropriate to the MFA degree requirements.

Courses completed prior to seven academic years before admission will be reviewed for appropriateness of transfer into the MFA program, but are not guaranteed to be accepted.

Steps in Applying for the MFA Program

Step 1: Submit both the EOU Graduate Admission application and the MFA Program Application (i.e., cover sheet and creative portfolio), along with all required supporting documents, and official transcripts. Students wanting to participate in the Wilderness Writing Concentration should express this wish in their cover letters.

Step 2: Enclose all admissions materials in one envelope and mail to:

MFA Graduate Admissions (attn: Kerry Bullard)
Eastern Oregon University
154 Loso Hall
One University Blvd.
La Grande OR 97850

Special note regarding admission to EOU. 

All MFA students are required to be fully admitted to the MFA program and EOU in order to complete the MFA degree. However, some students may desire to enroll in genre courses or elective courses on a part-time/non-admitted status. Enrollment in writing workshops requires full MFA program and EOU graduate student admission. Part-time and/or non-admitted course enrollment is allowed, but with the following important exceptions:

1. Graduate student admission to EOU is required if a student will be registering for more than eight credits in any given term.

2. Graduate student admission to EOU and MFA Program admission is required, regardless of the number of registered credits per term, in order to receive financial aid.

Financial aid is available both for full-time and part-time graduate students. Contact the EOU Financial Aid office at 541-962-3550 for information regarding submission of the FAFSA form and application procedures.

Remember: All MFA students must be fully admitted both to EOU and the MFA program in order to enroll in any of the writing workshops and to receive the MFA degree. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission early in the program.

Please contact our office 541-962-3555 for assistance (ask for Kerry Bullard) with any application items.

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Office of Admissions | 541.962.3393 |

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Fall Priority Deadline is Feb. 1, you can still apply after the Priority Deadline

Submit an admissions application and pay or defer the $50 application fee. Quick tip: Double-check you have submitted your application after payment.

❏ Request to have your official transcript(s) sent to EOU.

> Mail or FAX transcripts to 541.962.3418.

> Students with less than 72 quarter/60 semester transferable college credits must submit their high school transcript.

> Students must submit an official transcript from each accredited college that has awarded credit.

> Use our easy easy transcript request form for high school transcripts.

❏ Submit your official SAT or ACT scores to EOU.

> See your admissions counselor about exemptions for submitting scores.  Most scholarships require official SAT or ACT scores for eligibility.


IT Help Desk | 541.962.3111 |

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E-mail is our main way of communicating with you about deadlines, once you’re admitted!

❏ Check your e-mail used when applying to EOU for a message from IT regarding your Mountie Pass username and default password.

❏ Go to and look for directions on how to access your email.


Financial Aid Office | 541.962.3550 |

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❏ Apply for federal financial aid at

> Use EOU’s school code 003193.

> Applications open October 1.

❏ Apply for EOU scholarships.

> Most applications are available from October 1 through February 1.  Click here for details about transfer student scholarships.  Don’t let them get away from you!

> Transfer scholarship deadlines are year-round.  Check for details on our website.

> Are you a veteran, on active duty or a member of a military family?  Check-out our scholarships for you or your family members.

❏ Accept financial aid

> Go to

> Select Webster button to log into your account.


Student Health Center | 541.962.3524 |

On campus only

❏ Complete your Health History and MMR Immunization forms.

❏ Submit both forms to the Student Health Center.


Residence Life Office | 541.962.3553 |

On campus only

On-campus housing and dining is available to all EOU students!  Effective February 1, a $250 housing deposit is assessed for fall housing applicants.

❏ Register for housing using your Mountie Pass (created when you logged into your EOU e-mail for the first time).

> Go to

> Select Webster button to login to your account.

> Select the Student Financial Aid tab.

> Select Residence Life link.

> Submit your housing deposit.

> Follow the instructions and click MyHousing to complete your application.


Student Accounts | 541.962.3590 |

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❏ Go to using your Mountie Pass (created when you logged into your EOU e-mail for the first time).

> Login to your Webster account.

> Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.

> Select Student Account.

> Select Start a Revolving Charge Account Contract.

> Complete the form and select submit (don’t forget to accept the Terms and Conditions).


Office of Admissions | 541.962.3393 |

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❏ Official final high school transcript with graduation date.

> Use our easy high school transcript request form to help.

❏ Submit your SAT or ACT test scores, preferably before February 1, for eligibility to EOU scholarships.

❏ Request and send college transcript(s) including dual credit earned while in high school.  Quick tip: If you attended Eastern Promise through EOU, we already have your transcript!

❏ FAX transcripts to 541.962.3418.


Academic Advising Office | 800.544.2195 |

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❏ Advisors reach out to newly admitted students before the start of each term.  Please check your EOU email on a regular basis.

❏ To find your advisor in Webster:

> Go to

> Select the Webster button to login to your account using your Mountie Pass (created when you logged into your EOU e-mail for the first time).

> Select the Student Financial Aid tab.

> Select View Student Information.

❏ Complete your degree planning workshop.  Participation is required with the option of completing online or at a regional center. (online only)


Military/Veteran Coordinator | 541.289.2841 |

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Are you a veteran, on active duty or a member of a military family? We’ll work with you to provide the best resources, credit for military service, scholarships and benefits for spouses and dependents. Learn more about our resources at


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Webster is your EOU student portal to find and do the following:

❏ Accept financial aid awards.
❏ Apply for student housing on campus.
❏ Register for classes.
❏ Pay your bill.
❏ Find your personal academic advisor and much more!

Canvas is where you:
❏ View your currently enrolled courses.
❏ Take quizzes and tests.
❏ View your upcoming assignments and more!


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❏ Call: 541.962.3393 or 800.452.8639

❏ E-mail

❏ FAX transcripts: 541.962.3418