College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > English > Graduate Programs > Creative Writing and Publishing (MFA) > Admission Requirements
For both the MFA and MA, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. For admission, a student should have:
Students apply to both the MA and the MFA simultaneously. MA students may apply to the MFA after two quarters of graduate study with the recommendation of the faculty and an updated writing sample.
To apply, please submit the following:
Students educated outside of the U.S. must provide a credit evaluation and proof of English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score. Visit go.depaul.edu/lasinternational for more information.
Online applications can be submitted at
go.depaul.edu/apply. Application credentials can be submitted through the online application or by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, official electronic transcripts can be emailed to
email@example.com directly by the issuing institution. Please make sure your name is on all documents. Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from the recommender as an attached pdf document on letterhead with the recommender's signature.
Transcripts and other required credentials also can be mailed to:
The Office of Graduate Admission
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
2400 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
We accept applications all year round, and students may begin their studies in any academic term. We strongly suggest that students submit their applications 10 to 12 weeks prior to the quarter in which they wish to begin their studies (i.e., June for fall entry, late October for winter entry, early January for spring entry).
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If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the LAS Graduate Admission office at
(773) 325-7315 or