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Applications for

 Fall 2015

 admission to the
University of Oregon’s
Creative Writing Program
will be accepted

October 15, 2014,


JANUARY 15, 2015


MFA Application Materials

Our Program requires application materials be
submitted ONLINE.

Please follow the steps listed below.

Applications are accepted for Fall entry only.

The application season for Fall 2014 admission is CLOSED.

Applications for Fall 2015 admission
will be accepted from October 15, 2014, through January 15, 2015.

You need not have been an English major as an undergraduate, but you should be familiar enough with English and American literature to satisfactorily complete graduate literature courses.

Foreign language requirement—None.



  • You will need to complete the online Graduate Admissions Application for the University of Oregon Creative Writing Program. (A link to the form is available at the bottom of this page.)
  • A $50.00 non-refundable fee is collected by the Office of Admissions for the Graduate Admissions Application. (The Graduate School sets and collects this fee; no waiver is currently available.)
  • Please retain your login credentials (username and password) in a safe place for future reference.
  • GRE test scores are NOT required.


  • Single genre applicant: select Fiction or Poetry.
  • Concurrent genre applicant (applying to both):

    • Submit two complete and separate online applications (including recommendation letters) - one for each genre.
    • Obtain a fee bypass for the second application by emailing
    • Provide one set of hardcopy original supporting transcripts.

Note: Each online application must be complete and stand on its own for presentation to its respective review committee. If accepted, offers of admission are made to one genre only (i.e., Fiction OR Poetry).

There are five sections to the online application:


    • Institutions and Transcripts (upload copies; send official copies to the Creative Writing Program and to the Office of Admissions)
    • Official TOEFL scores (international non-native speaking applicants only)
  4. DEPARTMENTAL APP (Program Level)

    • Graduate Teaching Fellowship (optional CV/Resume upload)
    • Personal Statement (upload)
    • Writing Sample (upload)





  • Institutions and Transcripts (official documentation)

NOTE: Student and institution names must appear on uploaded and hardcopy transcripts.

a.  Upload PDF copies of your transcripts from all institutions you have attended to the online application form. (FAQ)

b.  In addition, have all institutions you have attended mail official transcripts to:

MFA Application
Creative Writing Program
5243 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-5243

c.  You will also need to have the institutions from which you earned a degree mail your official transcripts to:

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1217

  • Official TOEFL scores (international non-native speaking applicants only)

Foreign students for whom English is a second language must have their TOEFL scores sent directly to the University of Oregon. The University of Oregon requires a minimum score of 575 for the paper-based test or 88 for the Internet-based (iBT) version. The TOEFL code for the University of Oregon is 4846. No department code is needed.


Identify three persons familiar with your writing, intellectual ability, academic record, and who can provide an estimation of your success as a teacher if applying for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

You may provide recommenders with the ability to respond prior to submitting your finished application by completing the recommenders' page. Fill in the required information (first name, last name, position, institution, and email) for at least three referees and press "Submit." An automated email will be sent to each with instructions on how to respond. You may return and add a fourth referee, if desired; however, you may not change any referee information once an email has been sent.

Information regarding the use of a dossier or career service center is located on our (FAQ) page.


  • Genre

Select either FICTION or POETRY.

  • Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be a well-written intellectual autobiography that addresses your literary apprenticeship and the relevant life experiences that have led you to apply for the MFA. Address your literary influences in terms of what you've learned, not what you like. Your statement should also demonstrate that you have an informed wish to study in the Oregon MFA Program and with our specific faculty. What critical or creative issues do you plan to pursue after your MFA? Your statement must be double-spaced and no longer than three pages.

Avoid the obvious: assume every applicant is dedicated to learning how to write, has received some praise, has funny or moving childhood stories about writing, and thinks the Northwest is attractive. 

Upload your creative writing sample:

For poetry, the sample should consist of 10 poems or up to 14 pages of poetry (single-spaced).

For fiction, send one to two short stories, or a chapter of a novel, or a substantial portion of a sustained work, up to 25 pages in length (double-spaced).



All application materials become the property of the
University of Oregon and will not be returned.

—U.S. Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. International students must submit supporting financial documents. Examples of such documentation include, but are not limited to, providing one or more of the following:

  • Copies of bank statements (at least three months)
  • Original letter (on letterhead and signed by a bank official)
  • Sponsoring agent's letter signed by authorized representative (on letterhead) with copies of sponsor's bank statements
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) appointment or scholarship award letter.

Financial verification documents should be sent to:

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions
240 Oregon Hall
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1217

Application Status

Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required materials are uploaded correctly.

  • Complete
    Online application submited; all hard-copy materials received
  • E-Complete
    Online application submitted; pending receipt of hard-copy materials
  • Blank
    Online application submitted; missing one or more recommendations (may also be missing hard-copy materials)

Updates are made to GradWeb throughout the application season to reflect the receipt of official documents. Due to the volume of incoming materials, a complete application may not immediately show completed status; we appreciate your patience. Click here to view the status of your application.

Please do not call or email the Creative Writing Program office
to check on the status of your application.

Admission Decisions (FAQ)

Admission decisions will be made by mid-March. Applicants accepted into the Program will be notified by both phone and email. All other applicants will be notified via email.

Ready to apply? Click here: Online Graduate Application