Students seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts Program must:

  • complete an application
  • submit official transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was earned
  • submit writing sample (10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of creative nonfiction)
    • creative nonfiction writing samples may be comprised of several shorter pieces or one longer piece totaling 20-25 double-spaced pages
    • writing samples may be uploaded within the online application or sent electronically to
  • submit two letters of recommendation
    • letters of recommendation should be addressed to Stephen Haven, Director
    • no form is necessary; a simple letter of recommendation is acceptable
    • letters may be submitted electronically through the online application or by mail
  • submit a $30 application fee

Admission is based on the following:

  • completed bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA above 2.75 (conditional acceptance for GPAs 2.25-2.75)
  • submission of 10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of creative nonfiction deemed by the MFA faculty to be of sufficient quality for admittance to the program

Application Deadlines

Summer Residency

Students will be admitted beginning February 1. As long as space is available, new applications will be accepted until the class is filled.

Spring Non-Residential Semester

There is a priority deadline of September 1 for students interested in enrolling during the spring non-residential semester. Applications will be considered through November 15 as long as there is space available in the program. The semester begins in January.

Students either begin the program with the summer residency or in the spring non-residential semester.

Application Process

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After completing the application, send your official transcripts and other support materials to:

Enrollment Services
Ashland University
401 College Ave
Ashland OH 44805

Applicants may send support materials as they are ready for submission.  If you are completing a hard copy application, you may email your writing sample to  References may email letters of recommendation as well or submit them directly through the online application.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Angie Kessinger at 419.289.5438.

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