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Application Procedures (All Except MFA)

Submit an Online Graduate Education Application along with the required application fee.

Please have the following items sent to Arizona State University Graduate Enrollment Services:

Official transcripts from degree granting institutions. Electronic transcripts, sent by email, are not accepted. For more information, please visit Graduate Application Procedure.

Official test score reports (if required) (institution code is 4007)

International students must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS score).

GRE scores: GRE general test scores are required for the Master of Arts in English (Literature), the Master of Arts in English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies), and the four Doctor of Philosophy in English programs. The GRE subject test (literature) is optional for the Doctor of Philosophy in Literature program. Official scores are sent from ETS to Graduate Admissions. For more information on the GRE and test dates contact University Testing Service at 480-965-7146. For more information on testing contact the Educational Testing Service.

Graduate Education

Have your official transcripts, test scores and other official documents sent to:

Regular Mail FedEd, DHL, UPS
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 871003
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

Graduate Admission Services is located in Student Services Building (SSV), Room 140, Window 10.

Contact Graduate Admissions Services

*International students for whom English is not a native language must also submit evidence of English proficiency. This can be done in one of three ways:
1. One of the following results on a standardized English proficiency test: (a) 100 or higher on the TOEFL; (b) 7.0 or higher on the IELTS;
2. A grade of "A" in all Advanced 2 classes in the ASU Global Launch Program (;
3. One of the following from a regionally accredited college/university in the US: (a) a bachelor's degree or higher; (b) at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; (c) at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The following supporting documents MUST BE uploaded into your online graduate application:

Statement of Purpose, no more than two pages, summarizing past educational experiences and goals in pursuing a graduate degree

Academic Writing Sample, if required by program. For example, one critical paper or research paper 10-25 pages prepared in an upper-division or graduate English course. This paper should show no markings or evaluative comments by a previous grader.

CV or résumé

At least three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your work. (You will be asked for your recommenders' email addresses in the online application. Recommenders will be contacted automatically with the link to upload their letters. Do not send hard copies of letters of recommendation. You may log into your MyASU account to check the receipt of letters of recommendation and send reminders to recommenders. You can also check the status of your application.)

All supporting documents, including letter of recommendations, must be uploaded by the deadlines stated above.

Application Procedures (MFA only)

MFA deadline is January 1 (This program admits for fall semester only.)


Jenny Irish
Assistant Director of Creative Writing

LL 172 C
Phone: 480-727-9130480-727-9130
FAX: 480-965-3451

Applicants should have an undergraduate major in English or Creative Writing, with a GPA of 3.00 or above; however, exceptional students who do not have either of these undergraduate majors may be admitted on the basis of writing excellence. Applicants must submit:

  • The application fee online via Graduate Education application ($70 domestic and $90 international)
  • Three (3) hardcopy letters of recommendation sent to the department
  • A personal résumé or curriculum vitae submitted online via Graduate Education application
  • A personal statement including your writing background, intended area of specialization, a brief self-evaluation of recent work, and goals submitted online via Graduate Education application (single-spaced, up to 1000 words)
  • Three (3) hardcopies of a manuscript sample: up to 20 pages of poetry or 30 pages of prose (Note: our program offers tracks in fiction and poetry; we do not have a creative nonfiction track.)
  • Official academic transcripts sent in hardcopy to the Graduate Education (see below).

Plus, to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship, please submit:

  • A complete Teaching Assistant application packet.

We no longer require the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

All materials except for three copies of the manuscript and the letters of recommendation should be submitted online to Graduate Education between September 1 and January 1. (No applications will be read before January 1.) Have your official transcripts sent (from each college attended) directly to:

Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
P.O. Box 871003
Tempe, Arizona 85287-1003

Graduate Education will not act on applications that do not include complete transcripts and the application fee.

Send three (3) copies of your creative manuscript and three (3) hardcopy letters of recommendation directly to:

Creative Writing Program
ASU – English
P.O. Box 870302
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302

Do not send your writing sample or letters of recommendation to Graduate Education.


All application materials must be received by January 1. Selection is based on talent and promise, as demonstrated in the manuscript sample; the academic record; evidence of dedication and potential for growth, from the recommendations and personal statement; and compatibility of the applicant’s goals with the purpose and design of the ASU degree program. In recent years, we have been able to accept the top 3% of applicants.

Transfer of Credits

Subject to the recommendation of the MFA steering committee and the program director, a maximum of nine credit hours taken before admission, not as part of a completed degree at ASU and/or another institution, may be used to fulfill MFA degree requirements. All course work for the ASU Master of Fine Arts in creative writing must be completed within a six-year time limit. Financial aid is not extended beyond the third year.

PhD and MFA students applying for a Teaching Assistantship must also upload a TA Application and a one-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy. You may copy and paste your philosophy statement onto page two of the TA Application and then upload that document into the online application.

MA and MTESOL students are not funded by the Department of English. Graduate students may apply for financial aid. For more information, please contact Student Financial Assistance.

PhD English (Literature), PhD English (English Education), PhD English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies), and PhD Linguistics and Applied Linguistics have ONE deadline: January 15 for fall.

MA English (Literature), MA English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies), and MA English (Comparative Literature) have ONE deadline:January 15 for fall.

MTESOL and MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics have THREE deadlines: September 15 for spring, and January 15 and April 15 for fall.

MA English Education has TWO deadlines: January 15 and March 25 for fall.

MA English Online has TWO deadlines: April 15 for fall and September 15 for spring.

MAS has ONE deadline: April 15 for fall.

MFA deadline is January 1 (This program admits for fall semester only.)

Graduate Certificates in Critical Theory and Linguistics accept applications year round.