MFA in Creative Writing

A unique low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, located in the vibrant community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, our program offers an emphasis in Narrative/Poetic Medicine—the only such MFA track in the country.

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About our MFA in Creative Writing: 

Our program at Dominican is the only true low-residency MFA in Creative Writing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than offering weekend classes or a build-your-own degree program, Dominican's MFA program offers a traditional MFA with two jam-packed residencies per year in June and January and year-round distance mentorship with our renowned faculty. We're located in the San Francisco Bay Area, which allows our student to build career-defining connections with a vibrant literary community. Dominican students benefit from exclusive on-campus readings and lectures, and exclusive access to events, travel opportunities, partnerships with publishers, and more

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Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed online application. 
  2. Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. 
  3. Official transcript of coursework completed from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  5. Resume
  6. Statement of purpose or intent: a brief essay (2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font) describing writing background, professional and/or personal goals, and additional life and/or academic experience relevant to your application
  7. Writing sample: 8 poems, not to exceed 20 pages (single spaced); 25 pages of prose; fiction or creative non-fiction (double spaced, 12 point font)
  8. 2 - 3 page discussion of your current reading (double spaced, 12 point font)
  9. Interview with Program Director
  10.  International Candidates must meet additional admissions requirements
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