Boston University

Boston University
Boston, MA
One-year program (32 credits)

Funding:  [A]ll admitted students for 2017-18 will receive full tuition coverage and a stipend (most requiring teaching).  In addition, each will receive a Global Fellowship allowing for travel, writing, and study anywhere outside the United States upon completion of degree requirements. (*In 2015-2016, the stipend was $12,800.)

Faculty: Maggie Dietz, Leslie Epstein, Jennifer Haigh, Ha Jin, Karl Kirchwey, Sigrid Nunez, Robert Pinsky

Application (Deadline Feb. 1):

  • Manuscript: up to 40 double-spaced pages for fiction; 10 poems for poetry
  • Personal statement: 2-4 pages addressing why you write and/or why you’re choosing to pursue an MFA in creative writing, what you hope to do at BU (and beyond), and why the BU creative writing program is the place for you.
  • Updated CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • General GRE scores optional
  • $95 application fee

Admission rate: “For the 2015-16 class, 346 fiction writers applied for ten places; 129 poets applied for eight places, for a total of eighteen students out of 475 applications.” -Karl Kircheway, MFA Director [May 14, 2015]


5 thoughts on “Boston University”

  1. Hey! Just to clarify, Boston University’s MFA program only needs two recommendation letters, as of the 2018.

    Good job on this site. Great way to collate and reproduce information about a course which not many seem to opt for! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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