Students may choose to begin the program during either of the
10-day residencies in March and August.
We admit on a rolling basis. You may apply at any time during the year and we will respond with an admission decision within 5-6 weeks from the date your application is completed. When a cohort is filled, we will offer deferred admission. Applying sooner will help you begin at the date you prefer.
Apply before November 15 to begin the program at the residency in the following March.
Apply before May 15 to begin the program at the residency in the following Summer.
We now have merit scholarships available for outstanding applicants! There is no separate process to apply; all admitted students will be considered for aid.
The online application can be started here.
The creative manuscript will be given special emphasis. The applicant
must submit 10 pages of poetry or 25 to 30 double-spaced pages of prose, whether of
fiction or creative nonfiction, in the student’s chosen genre. (In
the case of prose, the applicant must decide whether to send an excerpt
of a longer manuscript or stories or essays that fall within the page
limit.) The steering committee does not accept fiction applications with writing samples that are in genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, western, et cetera). You must email your manuscript as a PDF file to GradAdmissions@spu.edu. Please include your full name and the degree you're applying for (MFA) on the manuscript and in the body of the email.
Applicants must also submit a three- to four-page (double-spaced) personal essay
describing their development as a writer and as a person of faith. Please note that you don't have to take a strictly chronological approach, nor is it necessary to tell us about your various childhood literary productions. We would also be interested to learn why you have applied to our program and which contemporary writers have influenced you. (You will upload this essay in the online application form.)
Three recommendations must be submitted. Two should be focused on the applicant’s
abilities as a writer. One should touch on the applicant’s academic
achievements. At this time, we ask that recommendation letters be mailed in hard copy to the Graduate Center (address below).
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. This fee cannot be waived.
Financial aid is available in the form of student loans. Applicants must
apply for these funds within the deadlines outlined on the application
Though GRE scores are not required, the applicant must have a bachelor’s
degree and must submit official transcripts from previous schools attended via post.
Mail letters of recommendation and transcripts to the following address: The Graduate Center, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 111, Seattle, Washington, 98119-1922.