»M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The M.F.A. writing program at Chapman fosters the growth of fiction writers and poets through workshops, techniques courses, literature courses, the John Fowles Literary Forum, and the literary journal Calliope.

The creative writing faculty is comprised of a wide variety of award-winning writers and poets who serve as mentors from day one.

The culmination of each M.F.A. writing student’s work is a book-length thesis project in fiction or poetry. (Students may complete a thesis in creative nonfiction, stage drama, or screenplay, with the approval of the graduate program director.) Many M.F.A. graduates teach at two- and four-year colleges, publish their work, or go on to professional careers in writing and editing.

For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements, and a list of courses, view the Graduate Course Catalog.

Announcing New MFA Writing Fellowships

All MFA applicants for fall semester admission are considered for the fellowships. To be considered, the application must be received by February 1. To find out more about these fellowships and other scholarships, please contact us at (714) 997-6750 or contact the chair at jlevin@chapman.edu.

+-Dual M.A./M.F.A. Degree

The dual degree combines the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and the M.A. in English. The dual degree combines the practice and study of creative writing with literary scholarship. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in teaching English and creative writing at the university, community college, or secondary-school level.

Dual degree students must be admitted to both degree programs, be enrolled concurrently in both programs, and complete all requirements for each degree program, including the book-length thesis for the creative writing program and the Comprehensive Examination for the English degree program. For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements, and a list of courses, view the Graduate Course Catalog.

Students already enrolled in either the M.A. or the M.F.A. programs who wish to switch to the dual degree program must apply and be admitted to the dual degree program before completing a maximum of 27 credits of study.

+-Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts from baccalaureate degree granting institution.
  • A 3 or 4 page essay stating your reasons for wishing to attend Chapman University and the academic program to which you are applying. Discuss your career and personal goals and how you believe achieving a graduate degree at Chapman University will assist in attaining your goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your academic preparation, intellectual ability, and aptitude for postgraduate study.
  • MFA supplement: A non-returnable portfolio of creative work that best represents the applicant's style and demonstrates potential. The portfolio should include a minimum of either 25 pages of fiction or 20 pages of poetry. Be advised that the purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate the applicant's creative potential as an MFA student.

+-Application Deadlines

Apply now using the Online Application. Submit your application on time; applications received after the deadlines listed below will be considered on a "space available" basis.

February 1, 2015: Priority deadline to be considered for fellowships and scholarships.
May 1, 2015: Regular Admission
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