University of Mississippi

How to Apply to M.F.A.

Stage One, Deadline Jan. 5:

* Please submit a writing sample of 10 pages of poems (single-spaced) or no more than 30 pages of fiction (double-spaced).   Please provide a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, and email, and the titles of the pieces in your work sample.


* A statement of purpose/letter of intent  (no more than two single-spaced pages) about entering the program that also indicates if you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship or fellowship.   The statement should indicate your background and experience, as well as any academic or career goals.   There is no separate application for a teaching assistantship or fellowship.  This letter should also include your contact information.


The writing sample and statement of purpose/letter of intent should be hard copies and mailed to


MFA Admissions: Poetry or Fiction (Please indicate genre)

Department of English

Bondurant Hall C135

P.O. Box 1848

University, MS 38677                                                                                                     

Please mail us ONLY a hard-copy writing sample with a cover sheet and a hard-copy statement of purpose/letter of intent  for the first stage.


* The deadline for receiving all phase one applications is January 5.


Please be aware that there is no application fee for the application process’s first stage.  Our first step in evaluating applicants is based solely on the merits of the writing.  There is no need to apply for admission to the Graduate School unless we inform you that your work moves you onto stage two.


Stage Two:

* Wait for a response.  If you are on our list of finalists, you will be contacted by email (near the end of January) and asked to complete the UM Graduate School online application form and send an application fee ($40), three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, GRE scores (quantitative and verbal) to the Graduate School by February 17.  If you do not hear from us, you have not moved onto the second stage of the application process and will not be admitted into the   MFA program.