Identify Your Area of Concentration:
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction

Identify Your Preferred Start Date:
  • January (spring semester)—in Pittsburgh
  • June (summer semester)—in Dublin, Ireland

*Please note that there is no fall semester start date.

1. Complete the Online Application 
Fast, simple and free of charge. This will get the ball rolling with your admission process.

2. Personal Essays:
Two essays are required, typed, and double spaced. These essays will satisfy the graduate application essay requirement.
  • Essay 1: Applicants will submit a self-assessment of their writing ability, including reasons for entering Carlow’s low residency MFA program (300 words).
  • Essay 2: Applicants will submit a critical response to a substantive piece of literature (500-750 words). 
3. Two Letters of Recommendation:
Applicants should seek recommendation from persons who can assess their creative talent, preferably teachers with whom they have studied, and others who know their capacity to work independently. Either submit a standard letter or share the link to the Graduate Recommendation Form and have your colleague/faculty/supervisor(s) submit it digitally.
4. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Applicants should submit a current resume or curriculum vitae containing information on education, professional experience, membership in professional organizations, professional and academic honors, research and publication activities, and relevant public service activities, if applicable.

5. Text Submission
Applicants should submit the following text for their indicated concentration area:
  • 10 poems 
  • 25 pages of fiction (double spaced, 1 in. margins)
  • 25 pages of creative non-fiction (double spaced, 1 in. margins)

Please forward application materials to:

Graduate Admissions for MFA in Creative Writing
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

P: 412.578.6059