We receive close to 1000 applications annually for twelve seats in our program.  Due to this volume, it is essential that you follow all application guidelines so that your file can be reviewed.

You will first submit your completed application online and then you’ll receive a link to upload all supporting documents electronically to the Graduate and International Admissions office (GIAC). Read through the pages here for full information.

DECEMBER 15 is the submission deadline, no exceptions.  But electronic submission does not mean instantaneous submission: after completing the general application and paying the fee, it can take up to 72 hours or longer to receive an email verification from GIAC with the necessary links to upload your documents.  Only after submission of the general application + fee are your referees contacted with instructions on how to upload their letters.  Allow time for these delays.  Start early and plan for technical difficulties!

You must meet the Graduate School’s minimum standards as far as degree requirements, GPA, and GRE scores.

Those who hold an MFA or PhD degree in creative writing, in any genre from any institution, or an MA in creative writing from UT Austin are not eligible for our MFA program. Those with MAs in creative writing from other institutions are considered on an ad hoc basis.

Our current acceptance rate is less than one-half of 1% in fiction, and between 2% and 3% for the other genres.

We only accept full-time, in residence candidates for our three-year program. There is no low-residency or part-time option.