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Electronic Application for Creative Writing

This program is temporarily closed to new applications.

Most programs begin accepting Fall applications again by September 1. If you have further questions, please contact the office of this program directly.

This page is no longer the current start page for applications to this program. If you wish to apply for Fall 2014 for this program, please click here.

There are 4 steps to follow to complete your application:

STEP 1: Complete Page One. At this point your application information will automatically be entered into our database. You will then receive your unique user ID and password via email.
Please keep this information to use when logging back into your application.

STEP 2: Complete all Required Information. If you have logged off before completing all required information, use your password and ID to access your application again. Complete pages 2 and 3. You may log off and on as often as you wish until all required information is completed. Be sure to scan and attach your unofficial transcript(s) on page 2 of the application.

STEP 3: Officially Submit Your Application. Go to the bottom of page 3 to review the checklist of which required fields are completed and those which are not. Then, click the button at the bottom of page 3, “Submit Final Version for Review.” By officially submitting your application, you will let us know it is ready for formal review.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documents. The following documents are required to make your electronic application complete:

    Test Scores: GRE scores are required for all applicants. Official scores are required; however, unofficial scores may be entered on page 2 of the application and are sufficient until the official scores arrive. Your score shoud be sent to institution code 1871. The GRE Department code for this program is: 2503.

    Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 3, maximum of 5) may be submitted electronically. When you enter your recommender’s email address (page 2 of the application), we will notify them via email and provide instructions on how to complete their recommendation.

    Transcripts: Do NOT send your transcripts by mail. This will delay the review of your application. We will request your official transcripts only if an offer of admission is extended to you.

    Writing Sample: The writing sample for M.F.A. candidates should be creative work. Fiction manuscripts may be made up of stories or a section of a novel, between 20 and 25 pages. Creative non-fiction manuscripts may include essays or a section of a book-length work, also between 20 and 25 pages. Poetry manuscripts should be 10 to 15 pages.

    Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should be concise and no more than two pages.

If you have applied previously to Vanderbilt University and wish to reapply,
you must access your previous record in order to create a new application,
under the "Re-Apply" heading of your Applicant Menu page.


For more information on graduate studies in Creative Writing, visit the Creative Writing Program page on the English Department website

For specific questions about the program, please contact Margaret Quigley at (615) 322-6527 or e-mail: margaret.quigley@Vanderbilt.Edu

If applicable, paper letters of recommendation and writing samples *only* (No Other Paper Materials) may be sent to:

Graduate Applications - College of Arts and Science
Attn: English - Creative Writing Program
Vanderbilt University
411 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240

For technical questions regarding the application process, please contact us at 615-322-6527 or via e-mail to vandygrad@Vanderbilt.Edu



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