Admission Requirements & Procedures

Application deadline for Winter Residency: Oct 1

Application deadline for Summer Residency: Mar 1

Admission Requirements:

1. Completed Graduate Application Form, with Statement of Purpose, and Application Fee

2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework (applicants can request that the institution/s mail transcripts directly to the Graduate Admission Office)

The MFA Admission Committee is looking for applicants with at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate work, and those who have significant course work in English and writing. No GRE scores are required.

3. Two recommendations from knowledgeable and relevant recommenders using the Recommendation Form (a more detailed letter is welcome and may be attached; recommendations may be included with the application form or mailed by recommenders directly to the Graduate Admission Office)

4. Current vita/résumé

5. Writing Sample: Each applicant must submit a writing sample in the genre for which he or she is applying: 15 poems for poets, or 20 double-spaced pages for fiction and creative nonfiction labeled as such. Select your best, rather than sending additional pages or poems.

Please submit all application materials to: Graduate Admission Office, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 59 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Admission Procedures:

Complete applications will be reviewed as received. The MFA Graduate Admission Committee will read all applications and make recommendations about admittance to the MFA Director. The MFA Director will make the recommendation for admission to the Dean who makes the final admission decision. Applicants are notified of admission decisions by mail, generally within four weeks of receipt of the complete application. Accepted students are required to submit a $200 enrollment deposit, if domestic, and $500, if international, upon receipt of acceptance to secure a place in the program. The deposit will be applied to the student’s first semester tuition and fees. Once accepted, students may begin the program in either the Winter or Summer residency period.