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Admission to the MFA Creative Writing Program

Admission to the program is limited to the fall semester. Students applying for admission to the MFA Program generally have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in English from an accredited institution with a 3.2 GPA in upper division English courses, meet University admission requirements, and submit evidence of creative ability in fiction or poetry. When an undergraduate degree has been completed in a program having different requirements from those of CSULB or in some field other than English, additional preparation may be required (click here for more info).

The Admissions Committee reads each application carefully, paying particular attention to the quality of submitted writing samples. The Program is committed to selecting those applicants who not only satisfy all the admission requirements but also demonstrate the highest levels of achievement and promise in their writing.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing handbook

Application Process

For each annual cycle, applications are due by January 15, when review will begin. The completed CSU Graduate Application should be sent to the University Admissions Office in Enrollment Services.

On CSU Mentor, select “CREATIVE WRITING MFA” as your major.  It is not under “English,” but rather within programs starting with the letter “C.”

In addition, applicants must also submit to the Department of English the following:

  • Departmental application form: MFA Departmental Application Form
  • Writing samples (20-30 pages of fiction or 10 pages of poetry)
  • One set of transcripts of all college-level work sent directly to the office of Enrollment Services
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Autobiographical statement of purpose

Applications should be sent to:

MFA Coordinator
Department of English
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-2403

Questions concerning admission or degree requirements may be directed to the English Department Grad Desk.