Admissions Process

Admissions Process for the MFA in Creative Writing Program

Application Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for the following term:

SemesterInternational Application*Final ApplicationClasses Begin
Summer/Fall 2016January 25, 2016February 15, 2016June 16, 2016
Winter/Spring 2017July 25, 2016August 15, 2016December 8, 2016

*In addition to satisfying AULA’s admission requirements for a specific academic program, International Students have additional, general requirements that must be met for admission. 

**In order to be eligible for the New Student Grant, the admissions application and financial aid paperwork must be submitted by the Priority Deadline.

Admissions Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) program seeks applicants who want to participate effectively as writers in professional, academic, and community settings; want to develop their skills in the craft of writing; care deeply about the role of the arts and artists in society; and share a commitment to and appreciation for culturally diverse writers and traditions. The program upholds Antioch University Los Angeles tradition of honoring both academic and experiential learning. Applicants must be self-motivated individuals who are able to work independently in a distance-learning format. Program participants must have access to a computer, Microsoft Word, and the Internet.

There are three easy steps to apply:

  1. Complete the Online Application.

    • Complete and submit Part 1 and Part 2 of the online application
    • Submit the $60 non-refundable Application Fee
      • Note: The application fee is waived for anyone attending an information session.  Interested in attending, sign up now
      • The application fee is also waived for all AULA alumni
    • Complete and submit the Admissions Dialogue Essay.
  2. Send in all official transcripts. Request one copy of official transcripts to be sent directly to the Admissions Office at Antioch University Los Angeles from all other previously attended institutions of higher education, including the institution from which you received your accredited bachelor’s degree. A student copy of a transcript may be submitted with your application, but you cannot be fully admitted until the official transcript is received.
  3. Submit all supplemental materials
    • Samples of your creative work in the genre in which you are applying for admission (Poetry: 10 page maximum, Fiction: 20 page maximum, Creative Nonfiction: 20 page maximum, Writing for Young People: 20 page maximum). Work samples should be typed and double-spaced with your name at the top of each page.
    • Two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Antioch University from individuals who can comment on your qualifications for the program. We prefer letters from former teachers, writing colleagues, or others who are well acquainted with your writing. In addition, at least one of these letters of recommendation should address your ability to work well on your own, because, in a low-residency program, high levels of self-discipline and self-direction are required of the student.

Please submit all materials to: Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230.

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.