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Admissions Policies and Fellowships and Awards; Fairleigh Dickinson University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing
Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing , Fairleigh Dickinson University, admission


Students holding undergraduate degrees from an accredited four-year institution in the U.S. or abroad may apply.


The program admits students year-round, and once you apply, you should receive a decision within 4-6 weeks.

To be considered for the Baumeister, Ronald J. Doerfler Memorial Scholarship, Director’s Award, or the TLR Graduate Assistantships apply by April 30 for Fall admission or by Oct. 15 for Spring Admission.

Since new students must begin the program with a residency, we suggest you apply no later than June 15th for Fall and November 15th for Spring in order to arrange transportation and prepare for the residency.


1. Email your writing sample in PDF or MS Word format to writingmfa@fdu.edu.
In the subject heading write “Application” and use the following guidelines:

  • Fiction or Young Adult and Children’s Literature: 15-25 double-spaced pages that can include short stories or part of a novel.
  • Creative Nonfiction: 15-25 double-spaced pages that may include essays or an excerpt from a memoir.
  • Poetry: 5-7 poems, totaling not more than 150 lines in all.
  • Translation: following the appropriate prose or poetry guidelines above, include a short sample of the original and a short (paragraph long) description of the project.
  • Be sure to paginate the document (top, right) and include your name on every page.

2. Complete the Online Application on the Graduate Admissions page.

When completing the form please note:

  • GRE Scores are not required.
  • All undergraduate transcripts are required.
  • Indicate your genre: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, YA, or Translation.
  • We welcome letters of recommendation (personal, professional, or academic) but they are not required.
  • The MFA program is housed on the Florham campus in Madison, New Jersey.
  • In making admissions decisions, the greatest weight is given to writing samples.

Many graduate students are eligible for State and/or Federal loans and aid.
Our Financial Aid Office (974-443-8704) can assist with this.

Apply here
Fees and Aid
For the Academic year 2016-17

$4506 per module

All residency costs (up to 3 required residencies) are included in these fees. Travel to the residencies is not included.

$150 per year matriculation fee for any year in which you do not take modules but wish to remain an active student.

Assistantships and Awards

There are four Graduate Assistantships offered in conjunction with work on The Literary Review—two for first-year students that carry the title of Editorial Assistant and two for a second-year students that carry the title of Assistant Editor.

The Director’s Award, Baumeister, and Ronald J. Doerfler Memorial Scholarship are all awards that are given by the Faculty Admissions Committee in recognition of students whose work shows significant promise.

For information on the Provost’s Graduate Scholarship, please see this page.