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Apply to the Program

Admission to Roosevelt’s MFA program is competitive. Our primary criteria are the craft, ambition, and potential demonstrated by the portfolio of creative work, though the committee, composed of the creative writing faculty, does consider all materials submitted in making our decisions.

As a program, we are interested in a wide range of forms and aesthetics, and we actively seek out a diversity of approaches to fiction and nonfiction. The guidelines below are designed to elicit the full range of your current work. If you have any questions about the portfolio requirements, please contact Christian TeBordo, the program director, at

Admission Requirements, Deadlines, and Financial Aid

Graduate School Requirements

General graduate school requirements include:

The Roosevelt graduate degree in creative writing offers specialties in fiction and creative non-fiction augmented by courses in poetry, screenwriting, and literary magazine production. The program strives to provide its students with the best in creative teaching provided by instructors with strong credentials both in teaching and writing.

MFA Program Requirements

Admission requirements specific to the MFA Creative Writing Program include:

  • Creative Writing Supplemental Application
  • A portfolio of written work demonstrating the applicant’s talents in a chosen specialty:
    • Fiction: submit at least three different pieces of fiction (short stories, novella, or a novel excerpt) totaling twenty pages
    • Creative nonfiction: submit no fewer than three pieces of creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoir excerpts, a chapter from a biography, or other work in progress) totaling twenty pages
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume of publications and readings, if applicable

A committee composed of creative writing faculty will carefully review all materials and make final decisions on acceptance. The writing portfolio is the most important factor in their decision.

Deadlines for Application

The priority application deadline is February 1.

Applications received beyond this date will be reviewed based on available program slots.

Submitting Supplemental Application Materials

To submit supplemental application materials by post:

Office of Admission
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

Schaumburg, IL 60173

To submit supplemental application materials by email:

Applying for Financial Aid

The Graduate Admission pages provide a good overview of the process of enrolling, which includes applying for financial aid.

To apply for financial aid, visit our Graduate Financial Aid pages.

To apply for scholarships and assistantships, visit our Scholarships/Assistantships page.