Non-Matriculated Enrollment in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Non-Matriculated Enrollment

Are you interested in Western’s Graduate Programs in Creative Writing, but not yet ready to matriculate full-time? Want to learn more about Genre Fiction, Poetry with a Focus on Versecraft, or Screenwriting for TV and Film? We have an option for you.

Western allows anyone holding a baccalaureate degree to complete up to nine credit hours of 600-level graduate coursework before matriculating into the program. Non-matriculated registration for graduate level courses does not constitute or imply admission in the graduate program, as the candidate must meet the full program admission requirements – but it does give students the opportunity to sample the program before applying for admission into a degree program and fully committing.

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

To apply to be a non-matriculated student, please forward the following to Western’s Extended Studies Graduate Office, Taylor 303, 1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231, or email

  • Application.
  • One-page cover letter explaining your desire to take classes in one of the MFA’s three tracks, (Genre Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting).
  • 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 pages of poetic analysis in prose. The Screenwriting concentration sample should include a complete scene or short.
  • Unofficial transcripts documenting successful completion of a baccalaureate degree, along with other transcripts where appropriate.

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.