Admission Requirements | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Admission Requirements

Early Decision Deadline for Fall 2020 for Fellowship/Assistantship MFACW Interviews: Feb 15

Recommended regular application deadline for FALL entry: April 1

Note: applications will continue to be accepted and considered for admission as long as seats remain in the class.

  • Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (3.5 or higher recommended for Assistantship/Fellowship consideration).
  • 6 credits in undergraduate Writing are recommended, but not required.
    If a Student has below a 3.0 GPA, please feel free to apply if you show extreme promise through other achievements. Additional Admissions documents may be requested.
  • Complete application for admission, including:
    • Online application
    • In approximately 500 words, please explain why you are interested in pursuing this degree.  How will the degree impact your future personal and career goals? 
    • Curriculum vita or resume
    • Two official letters of recommendation, preferably written by former writing teachers or professors who know your writing
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Writing Sample ranging from 10-20 (maximum) pages. It can be one work or several pieces combined. Please provide on standard 8 ½ x 11 paper.

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Office of Graduate Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax:  (412) 365-1609

For specific questions about the Program, please reach out to Rachel Fiscus at 412-365-1141 or at

Integrated Degree Program

Chatham University undergraduates applying through the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) must complete all requirements outlined on their respective admission or track tab on the IDP Portal Site. All IDP applicants should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they are meeting all requirements according to their IDP course of study.