The Creative Writing (MFA) program has the following application deadlines for 2021:

Spring 2021 (January start):

  • Priority Decision: November 1*
  • Rolling through: December 1

Fall 2021 (September start):

  • Priority Decision: February 1*
  • Rolling through: March 1

*Priority Decision Advantages: priority review for admission, first consideration for scholarships, earlier receipt of an admissions decision, and additional time to find housing and for international students to secure their visa.

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After submitting your application, you will receive an email from Emerson College with an Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application. Please keep in mind that processing your supporting credentials may take up to 7 to 10 business days.

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Admission Requirements

U.S. Applicants

All applicants are required to submit the following credentials. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

Transcripts

For application review, unofficial transcripts will suffice and can be uploaded directly to your application prior to submission. Official, signed transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended must be sent to Emerson College prior to matriculation. If the transcript is for less than 8 credits, we don't require it to be sent. ​Degrees completed outside the U.S. will require an evaluation (please see the International Applicants tab for more information).​

Send official, signed transcripts to the following address prior to matriculation:

Emerson College Graduate Admission
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

NOTE: Official transcripts showing proof of graduation are required for enrollment. Official transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institutions to the address above.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.

Essay

There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the 2021 application is:

Explain your short-term and long-term creative and professional goals. How will an Emerson education assist you in achieving these goals? Reflecting on any relevant work and educational experiences, describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.

Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words)

Required Writing Sample

Submit a maximum of 15 pages (double-spaced) of fiction or nonfiction or a maximum of 15 pages of poetry. Label the writing sample with your preferred genre as indicated on the application form. You should supply writing samples that reflect your preferred genre.

Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.


International Applicants

Below are the credentials and additional steps required by international applicants. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

Transcripts

All non-U.S. transcripts must be sent to an evaluation agency. Your evaluation should include a course-by-course evaluation, GPA and degree-equivalency. On a case-by-case basis, some applications can be reviewed prior to receipt of the official evaluation. 

Please contact one of the credential evaluating agencies listed below to receive an "Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials." Requests for evaluation are usually honored within 20 working days of receipt of all required materials and fees. You must include instructions on the application to send a copy of the evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admission at Emerson College. You must provide the agency of your choice with copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions and certified English translations.

Be sure to check with credential evaluating agency to confirm what documents are needed to complete the evaluation.

English Language Proficiency 

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

Successful applicants typically have scores within the following ranges:

TOEFL:       95–115
IELTS:       6.5–7.5  
Duolingo:       115–135
Pearson:       65–80

Scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may require additional submissions to demonstrate English proficiency.

Proof of English proficiency is not required of students:

  • Whose native language is English
    • Note: Supporting documents may be required for approval of English proficiency test waiver
  • Who have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English or the institution is in a country where English is the native language (the U.S. and its territories, the United Kingdom and its territories, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada).

Emerson College TOEFL Code: 3367

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.

Essay

There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the 2021 application is:

Explain your short-term and long-term creative and professional goals. How will an Emerson education assist you in achieving these goals? Reflecting on any relevant work and educational experiences, describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.​

Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words)

Required Writing Sample

Submit a maximum of 15 pages (double-spaced) of fiction or nonfiction or a maximum of 15 pages of poetry. Label the writing sample with your preferred genre as indicated on the application form. You should supply writing samples that reflect your preferred genre.

Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.

I-20

This program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the program.

SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all applicants for F-1 student visas and J-1 visas to pay a one-time fee of US$200 before applying for a visa. More details about paying this fee can be found at U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Getting a Social Security Number (Once You Reach the U.S.)

Please note that it is not necessary to have a social security number for admission or for obtaining a visa. Please visit the U.S. Government Social Security website.