Application Information

MFA Program Admissions Process


The deadline to be considered for assistantships is February 1, although we encourage prospective students to apply as soon as they are ready.  Applicants seeking admission to the program and not seeking assistantships at this time may apply and be accepted at any time beyond the February 1 deadline, for the fall semester.


Applications are made to the Graduate School at this address
Complete applications include the following:
  • A 500 word statement of purpose detailing why you would like to pursue the MFA
  • A 10-30 page portfolio of creative writing in the areas in which you hope to study (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from professional references that can speak to your writing abilities
Please do not hesitate to email Program Co-Directors Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice at or Dr. Conner at with any questions or concerns about our program.


A limited number of assistantships will be available and we will be updating that information as
we receive it. For more information about UCA graduate assistantships click on the following