MFA 2014-2015 App (PDF)

To be considered for admission into the Creative Nonfiction program, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 

The application must contain these items:

  • A completed application form and a nonrefundable $60 application fee made payable to Goucher College.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work sent directly by the institution to the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.  Official transcripts may also be included with the application, but only if they are in the institution's sealed envelope.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can provide an informed opinion of the applicant's writing ability and capacity for self-directed study.
  • Three copies of a double-spaced 25- to 35-page writing sample of original nonfiction writing, published or unpublished. The writing sample may be one long piece or several shorter ones. It should demonstrate an ability to write a more creative form of creative, or narrative, nonfiction.
  • Three copies of a double-spaced three- to five-page personal statement that addresses the applicant's expectations for the program, professional writing goals and interests, and reasons for seeking the MFA in Creative Nonfiction.  The statement should also demonstrate writing ability.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are evaluated as they are received.  The program also follows these deadlines:

Spring

  • September 18: to receive an early decision and be eligible for scholarships
  • October 18: cutoff date to still be considered for scholarships  
  • November 18: to be considered for the upcoming semester if spaces still remain   

Fall 

  • April 18: to receive an early decision and be eligible for scholarships
  • May 18: to be considered for scholarships  
  • June 18: to be considered for the upcoming semester if spaces still remain

Application materials should be forwarded to:
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction
Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794

Students accepted into the program must submit an enrollment agreement along with a nonrefundable $500 deposit to hold a place in the program. This deposit will be credited toward tuition charges for the next semester.

Students should also check with their employers regarding possible financial assistance.   Please note that the cost of on-campus room and board during residences is not covered by financial aid, and that international students are not eligible for financial aid.  

Financial Aid

To help defray the cost of the program, you may apply for a Federal Direct Stafford or Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.  Eligibility for the Federal Direct Loans is based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students receiving Federal Loans are required to take a minimum of 4.5 credits per semester.  To determine eligibility for these loans, please complete the FAFSA at  www.fafsa.gov.  Some applicants will be required to submit additional information.  We encourage all students to use the Financial Aid Student Tracking System (FASTS) to learn the status of your financial aid file.  For more information click here.

Students should also check with their employers regarding possible financial assistance.

Please note that the cost of on-campus residency room and board is not covered by financial aid and that international students are not eligible for financial aid.  The fall semester begins on the first day of the on-campus residency and continues through the end of the off-campus portion.  

Goucher College is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 135.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.