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Admission Requirements

Students applying to the MFA Program in Creative Writing are required to complete an online application that includes requirements for admission to the Graduate College, and requirements for the admission to the MFA program.
The application for Fall 2018 admission is due no later than January 15th, 2018

A. Graduate College Admission Requirements

1. Fill out the Graduate Admissions Application with a $65 application fee (nonrefundable)

2. Submit Official Transcripts of all post-secondary institutions you have attended beyond high school.

Transcripts may be submitted in the following ways:
1. Mail
Institutions may send official transcripts to:
Graduate Admission and Degree Services
Room 307, Riverfront Hall
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1110.

2. Electronic Transcripts
Official transcripts may be submitted as a secure PDF through an approved transcript services provider to
Approved Transcript Services:

  • Credentials eScript-Safe (formerly known as Script-Safe International)
  • Credential Solutions TranscriptsNetwork and TranscriptsPlus
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Parchment Exchange (formerly known as Docufide and Avow Systems)

3. Fax
US institutions only, may fax your official transcript to 208-426-2789.


For more information about official transcripts visit the Graduate College Transcripts page.
The Boise State University Graduate College and the English Department require a minimum 2.75 GPA on undergraduate work or a 3.0 for final sixty credit hours.

B. MFA Program Admissions Requirements

1. Letter of intent: A 500 word essay explaining your goals in pursuing graduate study in creative writing. You will be prompted to complete the essay in the online Graduate College application below.

2. Writing Sample: A manuscript consisting of either a maximum of 30 pages of fiction (double spaced) or 15-20 pages of poems. Please upload your writing sample into the online application.

3. Three letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with your academic work. Please follow the instructions in the online graduate application. Please do not mail the letters to the creative writing department or send them by other means (Interfolio, etc.)

4. For our Teaching Assistantship award process, please upload a current CV or resume that includes education, publications, work and teaching experience, plus awards and honors.

We cannot process your application until all these materials have been received.

Applicants who do not satisfy one or more of these requirements may be admitted with provisional status. They will be advised as to what steps they need to qualify for regular status.

News & Announcements

  • Fiction professor Emily Ruskovich was featured in Treasure, the magazine supplement to The Idaho Statesman, in August 2017. The feature includes a video of Ruskovich at home in Idaho City, where she speaks about living in rural Idaho and her childhood on Hoo Doo Mountain.
  • Second year poet Michael McKee Green is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from the Wick Center at Kent State University. His book of poems, Fugue Figure, will be published by the Kent State University Press in the fall of 2018.
  • MFA graduate Erin Rose Belair won third place in Narrative Magazine's 2017 Winter Story Contest. You can read her winning story, "A Place Like This," here.
  • MFA graduate Meghan Kenny's debut novel, The Driest Season, will be published by W.W. Norton in February 2018. The book is based on a short story by Kenny of the same title which won the 2005 Iowa Review Award.
  • Collin Johnson has accepted a spot as a PhD candidate in English (Creative Writing/Poetry) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to a GA stipend, he was awarded The President's Doctoral Tuition Fellowship which includes full funding for the first three years of the program.
  • MFA in Creative Writing student Ashley Barr has accepted a Chancellor's International Scholarship from The University of Sussex for an MA in Sexual Dissidence. The MA is co-convened through the School of English and the School of Global studies there, and focuses on queer theory and sexuality studies. When the program was founded 25 years ago, it was the first in the UK and one of the first of its kind in the world.