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Creative Writing

Program Overview:

Degree Offered: MFA (36 credits)
Fall Application Deadline: February 1
Spring Application Deadline: Not Applicable
Graduate Advisor: Gabriel Packard
Contact Information:


Admission Requirements:

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission.  Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.
  • Submit a creative writing manuscript for the specific genre you are applying into: Poetry (up to 10 pages of poetry), Fiction (20-25 pages of a short story, the start of a novel), Memoir (no more than 20 pages of non-fiction prose). Please note: all pages you send must be doubled-spaced and in a 12 point font. (For further detailed information, please contact the graduate advisor).  
  • Two letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references. Please do not send more than two letters of recommendation. The Committee will read only two.
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 500 words describing your objectives in undertaking graduate study, the relationship to your creative work, literary influences and why the MFA would be beneficial to your writing career.
  • For Memoir applicants only: write a 500 word proposal outlining your memoir idea.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • Paper Based Test: 550
      • Computer Administered Test: 213
      • Internet Based Test: 60 (less speaking component) 

For information on taking the TOEFL, visit  For information on submitting your TOEFL scores as part of your application visit Submitting TOEFL scores.

Additional Information:

For additional program information, visit the Creative Writing program's website.

Graduate Admissions

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm

Friday 10:00am-12:00pm

Hunter College will be CLOSED on

Monday, September 3 -Labor Day

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