English (MFA) Contact Information and Application Instructions
|College:||Arts and Sciences|
|Department:||English||211 Humanities Bldg||(505) 277-6347||F: (505) 277-0021|
|Chair:||Anita Obermeieremail@example.com||(505) 277-6347||F: (505) 277-0021|
|Graduate Faculty Contact:||Daniel Muellerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(505) 277-3103||F: (505) 277-0021|
|Staff Advisor:||Val Lacyemail@example.com||(505) 277-6347||F: (505) 277-0021|
The following information is provided to help the prospective student successfully apply for admission to the English (MFA) graduate program at the University of New Mexico. Although Graduate Studies strives to keep this information up-to-date, we still encourage you to visit the program's website to verify application instructions and required materials.
International students (including non-U.S. citizen permanent residents) generally must complete additional steps to apply to a graduate program at UNM. Please see the Global Education Office's International Admissions website for more information.
|Fall Admission||January 15th|
Application Materials and Instructions
|APPLICATION CATEGORY||SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS|
|Program of Interest||Select: College of Arts and Sciences > English > Choose from: Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, or Poetry|
|Test Scores||GRE not required.|
|Letter of Intent|
Your Letter of Intent has two parts: Part A, Letter of Intent; and Part B, Teaching Assistantship Letter, if you are applying for a teaching assistantship.
In Part A, the Letter of Intent, you have the opportunity to tell Creative Writing program faculty about yourself. Include relevant experience, both in and outside the classroom, literary influences, and goals. Prospective students are advised to research the MFA program before submitting an application. As admission is granted to select candidates whom core faculty believe will best be served by UNM’s specific program, it will be helpful for faculty to know why you’re choosing UNM’s MFA. Your letter, which should not exceed 1,000 words, should indicate how you envision yourself and your work within the strengths of the program.
In Part B, the Teaching Assistantship Letter, you should address your reasons, preparation, and objectives for teaching English courses at the college level. This letter should be well-developed, concise, and be approximately 250-500 words.
A Writing Sample must accompany your application and provides the criteria that faculty refer to most often when discussing whom to admit. Applicants should submit their writing sample according to genre:
In all cases, your writing sample should represent your best work to date.
|CV/Resume||Optional. No special instructions.|
|Assistantship Interest||Teaching Assistantship Letter (see above), Expository Writing Sample, and two Letters of Recommendation required. Please see Program Specific Requirements for TAship Applicants on department website for details.|
|Additional Requirements||All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in English or in a cognate discipline. Our graduate admissions committee evaluates all applications holistically, giving weight to the letter of intent, writing samples, letters of recommendation, and GPA. Admission to all programs is competitive.|
A minimum of three Letters of Recommendation are required. You will be prompted in the online application screen to provide the names, email addresses, and affiliations of your three recommenders, who will then be requested electronically to provide your recommendations. Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted via any outside online service, such as Interfolio.
Creative writing program faculty pay close attention to the observations of college level teachers who are familiar with your writing and your work in the classroom. Of secondary interest are recommendations from people whom you’ve worked with or for. Of lesser interest are recommendations from friends and family members.
If you are applying for an assistantship, two of the three letters of recommendation required for your admission to an English graduate program should address your potential as a teacher. If two of your three academic recommenders cannot speak to your potential as a teacher, you may include additional professional references instead. The department will accept up to a maximum of five letters of recommendation.
Contact for Questions and Further Information
Click here to visit the program website