MFA 2014-2015 App (PDF)

The 2014 applications will be accepted between January 2 and the final deadline, February 28. The program uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed as they are received and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Ordinarily the program will make a decision within four to six weeks, although that response time may not always be possible. Formal acceptance letters will be mailed no later than March 24.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. He/she must submit the following:

● A completed application form and a nonrefundable $60 application fee in the form of a check 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, or by including official transcripts in the institution's sealed envelope with his/her application.
● Three letters of recommendation from people who know the applicant well enough to give an informed opinion of his/her writing ability and capacity for sustained self-directed study.
● Three copies of a double-spaced 25-35 page writing sample of original nonfiction writing, published or unpublished.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 personal statement that addresses the following areas:
● Expectations for the program
● Professional writing goals and interests, and
● Reasons for seeking the MFA degree in Creative Nonfiction.

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

New students are required to submit an enrollment agreement along with a nonrefundable $500 deposit by April 18 to hold a place in the program. This deposit will be credited towards the tuition charges for the following semester.

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  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.