Admission requirements for the MFA in Creative Writing are based on the following criteria:
Please mail official transcripts to:
Office of Graduate Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
For the winter residency, please apply for the spring semester.
For the summer residency, please apply for the fall semester.
To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Prior Learning Assessment
New! Our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) option offers highly qualified students the opportunity to receive up to one full semester credit for the work they have already written or published. Students receiving the PLA can finish the MFA in three semesters instead of four.
Some of our very best students come to our program after years of working as writers. They have advanced skills in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or screen writing. Some have significant publications or have worked as professional writers. The PLA concept is intended to give academic credit (up to one full semester or 15 credits in the Fairfield MFA) to creative writers for significant prior learning experience, i.e. both for previous formal creative writing training in an MFA or MA in creative writing program, or a sustained, high level of skill in writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or screen-writing. The following are some of the examples of work that would be considered for PLA:
A student interested in applying for PLA for up to 15 credits must complete the following:
Visit our Admission page for standard application guidelines
Fairfield’s MFA Admission Committee will review applicants seeking PLA consideration and make the decision to award prior learning credit to the student, up to 15 academic credits (i.e., one semester in the MFA program). Students will be notified at the time of admission about PLA credits.
Accelerated MFA in Creative Writing
(for Fairfield University Undergraduates). The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has created an accelerated pathway for current, high achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of our Master's programs. Learn more.
The $5,000 MFA Fellowship
The prestigious $5,000 MFA Fellowship will be awarded to the most promising writer in each residency applicant pool. To be considered for this one-time tuition-based award, you must have a complete application (including personal statement and writing sample) filed by the following priority deadlines:
Priority Deadline and Notification Dates:
For further information or questions, please contact Marianne Gumpper, Director of Graduate Admission.
Teaching Assistant Positions
Three to four paid part-time Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are available every year for students who live in the Fairfield area. Hiring for the TA positions takes place in March for the next academic year. Please contact Sonya Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org for current position descriptions and to apply
Veterans Pride Program
Fairfield University is grateful to all veterans for their service and is dedicated to helping that attain their educational goals. Many veterans have earned their MFA through our program and received additional support through the Yellow Ribbon program. Visit our Veterans Financial Aid page for details on how to apply.