Guidelines for Admission

In addition to the application required by the University of Montana Graduate School, the Department of English MFA program also requires a separate application that you will fill out here. 

Submittable application process will open up on October 1st.

Please prepare the following to include with your University of Montana Creative Writing Program  Submittable application:


1. Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended. (Official transcripts will only need to be submitted if you are selected.)
2. CV or resume with a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications.
3. Goal Statement: 100 – 300 word essay describing your personal goals for graduate studies; may include current interests, writing projects and literary influences.
4. Writing sample: 15-30 pages (two or more short stories or excerpts from a novel). Double-spaced, standard margins and fonts. Please upload your writing sample in Submittable and mail one hard copy to:

Attn: Leisa Greene
U of M Department of English
Graduate Admissions
Liberal Arts 133
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

5. Three confidential recommendations: the people recommending you will be contacted by email and must respond by January 20th.
6. Expository Essay (if applying for a Teaching Assistantship): 7 - 15 pages, literary criticism, research paper, academic or formal essay. Double-spaced, standard margins and fonts.

Ends on January 6, 2017

Guidelines for Admission

In addition to the application required by the University of Montana Graduate School, the Department of English MFA program also requires a separate application that you will fill out here.

Please prepare the following to include with your University of Montana Creative Writing Program application:
1. Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended. (Official transcripts will only need to be submitted if you are selected.)
2. CV or resume with a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications.
3. Goal Statement: 100 – 300 word essay describing your personal goals for graduate studies; may include current interests, writing projects and literary influences.
4. Writing sample: 15-30 pages (two or more short stories or excerpts from a novel). Double-spaced, standard margins and fonts. Please upload your writing sample in Submittable and mail one hard copy to:

Attn: Leisa Greene
U of M Department of English
Graduate Admissions
Liberal Arts 133
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

5. Three confidential recommendations: the people recommending you will be contacted by email and must respond by January 20th.
6. Expository Essay (if applying for a Teaching Assistantship): 7 - 15 pages, literary criticism, research paper, academic or formal essay. Double-spaced, standard margins and fonts.

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Teaching Assitantships

Teaching Assistantships, the main source of financial support for graduate students in the Department, are available for about half of the incoming MFA students. With some program–specific exceptions and pending annual renewals, the positions are typically offered for two years. All decisions regarding assistantships are made by the Graduate Admissions Committees on the basis of creative and academic accomplishments (derived primarily from the applicant´s writing sample, but also the expository writing sample, transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and goal statement) and teaching ability or potential (derived from the applicant´s previous teaching experience, if any, and from letters of recommendation).

Each two–semester TA provides a stipend and waiver of the tuition fee (out–of–state or in–state) and a waiver of the registration fee, in compensation for teaching three credits per semester assigned by the department. Other fees charged by the University (mainly health center and health insurance fees) are not included in the fee waiver package. 

TA's teach Composition. All must participate in a five day training the week before Fall semester starts, as well as a semester-long seminar devoted to the pedagogies and theories of Composition and Rhetoric. All will work closely with and follow the program policies delineated by the Director of Composition. TA's are also trained to teach introductory workshops in their genre and (pending available sections) are allowed to teach creative writing for one semester of their second year. The other semester they teach Composition.
Ends on January 6, 2017

Guidelines for Admission

Please prepare the following to include with your University of Montana Creative Writing Program application:
1. Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended. (Official transcripts will only need to be submitted if you are selected.)
2. CV or resume with a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications.
3. Goal Statement: 100 – 300 word essay describing your personal goals for graduate studies; may include current interests, writing projects and literary influences.
4. Writing sample: 15-30 pages (one or more nonfiction essays or excerpts from a longer work). Double-spaced, standard margins and fonts. Please upload your writing sample in Submittable and mail one hard copy to:

Attn: Leisa Greene
U of M Department of English
Graduate Admissions
Liberal Arts 133
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

5. Three confidential recommendations: the people recommending you will be contacted by email and must respond by January 20th.
6. Expository Essay (if applying for a Teaching Assistantship): 7 - 15 pages, literary criticism, research paper, academic or formal essay. Double-spaced, standard margins and fonts.

                                                ********************************************************************

Teaching Assitantships

Teaching Assistantships, the main source of financial support for graduate students in the Department, are available for about half of the incoming MFA students. With some program–specific exceptions and pending annual renewals, the positions are typically offered for two years. All decisions regarding assistantships are made by the Graduate Admissions Committees on the basis of creative and academic accomplishments (derived primarily from the applicant´s writing sample, but also the expository writing sample, transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and goal statement) and teaching ability or potential (derived from the applicant´s previous teaching experience, if any, and from letters of recommendation).

Each two–semester TA provides a stipend and waiver of the tuition fee (out–of–state or in–state) and a waiver of the registration fee, in compensation for teaching three credits per semester assigned by the department. Other fees charged by the University (mainly health center and health insurance fees) are not included in the fee waiver package. 

TA's teach Composition. All must participate in a five day training the week before Fall semester starts, as well as a semester-long seminar devoted to the pedagogies and theories of Composition and Rhetoric. All will work closely with and follow the program policies delineated by the Director of Composition. TA's are also trained to teach introductory workshops in their genre and (pending available sections) are allowed to teach creative writing for one semester of their second year. The other semester they teach Composition. 

Ends on January 6, 2017

Guidelines for Admission

Please prepare the following to include with your University of Montana Creative Writing Program application:
1. Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended. (Official transcripts will only need to be submitted if you are selected.)
2. CV or resume with a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications.
3. Goal Statement: 100 – 300 word essay describing your personal goals for graduate studies; may include current interests, writing projects and literary influences.
4. Writing sample: 15 pages (page count includes multiple page poems or one poem per page). Please upload your writing sample in Submittable and mail one hard copy to:

Attn: Leisa Greene
U of M Department of English
Graduate Admissions
Liberal Arts 133
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

5. Three confidential recommendations: recommenders will be contacted by email and must respond by January 20th.
6. Expository Essay (if applying for a Teaching Assistantship): 7 - 15 pages, literary criticism, research paper, academic or formal essay. Double-spaced, standard margins and fonts.

                                                 *******************************************************************

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships, the main source of financial support for graduate students in the Department, are available for about half of the incoming MFA students. With some program–specific exceptions and pending annual renewals, the positions are typically offered for two years. All decisions regarding assistantships are made by the Graduate Admissions Committees on the basis of creative and academic accomplishments (derived primarily from the applicant´s writing sample, but also the expository writing sample, transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and goal statement) and teaching ability or potential (derived from the applicant´s previous teaching experience, if any, and from letters of recommendation).

Each two–semester TA provides a stipend and waiver of the tuition fee (out–of–state or in–state) and a waiver of the registration fee, in compensation for teaching three credits per semester assigned by the department. Other fees charged by the University (mainly health center and health insurance fees) are not included in the fee waiver package. 

TA's teach Composition. All must participate in a five day training the week before Fall semester starts, as well as a semester-long seminar devoted to the pedagogies and theories of Composition and Rhetoric. All will work closely with and follow the program policies delineated by the Director of Composition. TA's are also trained to teach introductory workshops in their genre and (pending available sections) are allowed to teach creative writing for one semester of their second year. The other semester they teach Composition.