The NEOMFA accepts students in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting. Though it is preferable to have completed an undergraduate degree in English, Theatre, or a related field, students applying for the MFA degree who do not have any of these undergraduate majors may be admitted on the basis of writing excellence. While the NEOMFA Program does not require the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or consider GRE
scores during the admissions process, individual gateway schools may require it, especially for assistantship consideration, and applicants should consult the gateway’s graduate coordinator for further information.
Deadline for full-time applicants seeking funding (fall matriculation):
Deadline for part-time applicants and other students not seeking funding:
There are two steps to applying to our program. You must complete two different applications to be considered. Please keep in mind that the deadlines for the different universities are not the same and not to be confused with NEOMFA deadlines.
1. Apply to the graduate school of the university of your choice: Cleveland State University, Kent State University, or University of Akron.
2. Apply to the NEOMFA through this website.
Prospective students should only apply to one of the three universities accepting applications as gateways. Please contact the NEOMFA Campus Coordinators to learn more as to what each particular school offers its students.
Prospective students apply for admittance to the Department of English through the Graduate School at one of three consortium universities: Cleveland State University, Kent State University, or University of Akron. This university then becomes the student’s gateway campus. The NEOMFA program is located in the Departments of English on each campus.
The online application system for each university provides directions for submitting materials required by the English department at the student’s gateway of choice. Each university’s English Department graduate admissions page is linked below, where the prospective student may apply directly online:
Required application materials vary among the consortial graduate schools, and prospective students should review the requirements, as well as making sure to indicate their application is for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Creative Writing and not a Master of Arts (MA) program. Please follow your gateway’s instructions regarding letters of recommendation.
Note: All graduate school application materials should be sent to the appropriate graduate school or English department.
Remember application deadlines may vary for each individual gateway university.
To apply to the NEOMFA Program, submit the following things to the form below. Please be sure to label each document that you send with your name and full contact information including an email address.
Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to email@example.com. These may be the same three letters sent to your gateway university's graduate college.
Note that NEOMFA now accepts applications for matriculation in both fall and spring semesters.
For full-time students seeking funding, matriculation is in the fall. The deadline for application materials is January 15.
For students not seeking funding (including both degree and non-degree-seeking applicants), matriculation is in the spring or fall. The deadline for spring applications is November 15. The deadline for fall applications is April 15.
We will contact you via email when we receive your portfolio and again to let you know the decision of the Admissions Committee.
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