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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