Admission Requirements and Application

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2015

Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing uses rolling admissions, but we encourage applicants who wish to enter in the Summer Intensive Residency (July 12 - 26, 2015) to submit their complete applications by March 15, 2015. Depending on openings, we do admit students later than this, or to begin in alternative semesters, at the discretion of the Concentration Directors and the Program Director. Please inquire if you have questions.

Western Graduate Program Application Forms

Checklist for Admission to the MFA and MA

In addition to filling out the online graduate school application forms (which you will find by clicking on the red button above that says "Western Graduate Program Application Forms"), please also forward the following to Western's Extended Studies Graduate Office, Taylor 303, 600 N. Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, or email to  Graduate Office (graduatestudies@western.edu):

  • An official transcript of the bachelor's degree, demonstrating evidence of literary and/or film studies of at least four (4) undergraduate or graduate courses. The baccalaureate-granting institution must send the transcript directly to the Western State Colorado University Extended Studies Graduate Office.
  • An 800- to 1,000-word personal statement describing writing experience and commitment to writing. This statement should include a self-assessment of qualifications for admission to Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing for the chosen degree and concentration.
  • A 20- to 30-page writing sample in the appropriate genre, double spaced and numbered, or properly formatted for the appropriate genre. The Fiction concentration sample should cap at 25 pages and ideally be from a single work. The Poetry concentration sample should include 20 pages of poetry and 10 pages of analytical prose in any genre. The Screenwriting concentration sample should include a complete scene or short.
  • At least two letters of professional recommendation from those capable of assessing the applicant's preparation to succeed in a low-residency program. All letters must be submitted on letterhead, must be originals, less than a year old and signed by the person giving the recommendation.
  • For Poetry Concentration only: Poetry applicants must have sufficient preparation in a foreign language (ancient or modern) to work on translation with aid of a dictionary and other supporting texts during second year of studies.

Checklist for Admission to the Certificate in Publishing

In addition to filling out the online graduate school application forms (which you will find by clicking on the red button above that says "Western Graduate Program Application Forms"), please also forward the following to Western's Extended Studies Graduate Office, Taylor 303, 600 N. Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, or email to Graduate Office (graduatestudies@western.edu):

  • An official transcript of the bachelor's degree, demonstrating evidence of literary and/or film studies of at least four (4) undergraduate or graduate courses. The baccalaureate-granting institution must send the transcript directly to the Western State Colorado University Extended Studies Graduate Office.
  • An 800- to 1,000-word personal statement describing writing experience and interest in publishing. This statement should include a self-assessment of qualifications for admission to Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing for the chosen degree and concentration.
  • A writing sample of 15-20 pages prose (double-spaced); or 5-7 poems; or a combination of 2-3 poems and 7-10 pages of prose, double spaced and numbered, or properly formatted for the appropriate genre.
  • At least two letters of professional recommendation from those capable of assessing the applicant's preparation to succeed in a low-residency program. All letters must be submitted on letterhead, must be originals, less than a year old and signed by the person giving the recommendation.

 

Checklist for Admission to Non-Matriculated Enrollment

Western allows anyone holding a baccalaureate degree to complete up to nine credit hours of 600-level graduate coursework before applying to matriculate into the program.

Costs per credit/hour are the same as for matriculated students.

To apply to be a non-matriculated student, fill out the online graduate school application forms (which you will find by clicking on the red button above that says "Western Graduate Program Application Forms"), and please also forward the following to Western's Extended Studies Graduate Office, Taylor 303, 600 N. Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, or email to Graduate Office (graduatestudies@western.edu):

  • One-page cover letter explaining your desire to take classes in one of the Graduate Program's three tracks (Genre Fiction, Poetry with an Emphasis on Versecraft, Screenwriting for Film and Television)
  • 10-15-page writing sample in the appropriate genre, double spaced and numbered, or properly formatted for the appropriate genre. The Fiction concentration sample should cap at 15 pages and ideally be from a single work. The Poetry concentration sample should include 10 pages of poetry and 5-10 pages of analytical prose. The Screenwriting concentration sample should include a complete scene or short.
  • Unofficial transcript documenting successfully completion of baccalaureate degree.

Non-matriculated credits (graded B- or higher) may be applied to a graduate degree at Western upon admission and approval by the appropriate Concentration Director and the Director of the Graduate Programs in Creative Writing.

Admission to non-matriculated status is subject to approval by the Director of each concentration. Non-matriculated completion of graduate level courses does not constitute or imply admission in the graduate program, as the candidate must still apply to the program and meet the full program admission requirements – but it does provide the opportunity to sample the program before applying for admission into a degree program and fully committing.