- Contact the creative writing program coordinator if there's anything you need to know, or anything you need to let us know, related to the MFA program.
Forms & Information
Requirements for Admission
Applicants must apply online through the UNLV Graduate College. There is no separate departmental application. Applications for Fall admission are due January 15. The following are minimum requirements for admission to the program:
- Candidates must hold a BA or BS degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better.
How To Apply
Apply online to UNLV's Graduate College. Submit all materials electronically. Upload your letter of application and writing sample through the "Graduate Program Supplementary Information" link on the side bar of the online application page. Before you finalize your application, make sure that you have completed and/or submitted the following:
- A completed online application
- A nonrefundable admission application fee
- A 1-2 page letter of application to the English department graduate committee that includes a statement of purpose.
- 10-15 pages of poetry or 20-30 pages of fiction. The quality of this work, as judged by the creative writing faculty, is the primary consideration for admission to the program.
- Two letters of recommendation.
One unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, showing all degrees, dates awarded, and any extension or correspondence work.*
* Prospective students can opt to have official transcripts mailed to the Graduate College. Only transcripts sent directly from the student's previous institution(s) are considered official. If students upload unofficial transcripts, official hardcopies will be required upon admission.
- Official scores for a GRE General Test taken within five years of the time of application. (The GRE Subject Test is not required for admission to the MFA program.) Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. UNLV’s institution code is 4861. Applicants should not enter a department code.
Questions about the application process should be addressed to the creative writing program coordinator, 702-895-4366.