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Prospective Students

We admit students for entry in the fall semester of each year. Application deadline is January 15. Applications incomplete at that time will be at a disadvantage. Candidates should apply in one genre only. We usually notify applicants of their status in early-March.

Take note: the application process takes some time. You need to have your official transcripts from all institutions you have attended forwarded to our Graduate Admissions office. Letters of recommendation can also take a considerable amount of time. Start early. 


  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized accrediting association
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) or an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Have maintained at least a 3.0 grade-point average in subsequent academic work, if any
  • A TOEFL score (or equivalent English test) of at least 560 (paper test) or 83 (internet test) for non-English speaking students who have not graduated from an English-speaking institution
  • The MFA program does NOT require the GRE.

Application materials

  • Graduate Admissions online application
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who can speak to your aptitude for graduate study and the particular genre to which you are applying. Recommenders should send letters directly to the College of Graduate Studies at the address below. There is no departmental form for recommendations. Letterhead is preferable; if letters do not come directly from the references themselves, recommendations should be signed, by the reference writer, across the envelope flap. If you are seeking a teaching assistantship, letters should also speak of your potential as a teacher of college writing.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses completed at each college or university you have attended.
  • Statement of Career Objectives, not more than two double-spaced pages, that discusses your desires and goals. The statement should also explain your interest in the study of creative writing and in the University of Idaho's M.F.A. program in particular.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • Area of Emphasis form
  • Writing sample: up to 20 pages of fiction or nonfiction, or 10 pages of poetry. 
  • Analytical essay: 8-20 page essay.

Send materials to

Graduate Admissions Office

University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive MS 3019

Moscow, ID 83844-3019