Admissions Requirements

To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application.

The deadline for applications to the program is January 8, 2019.

Admissions Requirements

The Graduate School requires that applicants hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Because the MFA program does holistic admissions, we look at your writing sample first and foremost, in addition to your personal statement, recommendation letters, CV or resume, and everything else that’s sent to us. If your cumulative GPA is below a 3.0 in your most recent degree program, please contact the MFA program director for additional information.

What You'll Need


PDF copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received undergraduate or graduate degrees (bachelor’s level or higher) and from any other graduate work you have completed, submitted electronically to the Graduate School (unofficial or official).

If you are offered admission to the program, you will be asked to mail official transcripts (not photocopies or website copies) to the Graduate School.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

The GRE is optional: MFA applicants are welcome to submit GRE scores but it is NOT REQUIRED. If you do chose to send your scores, please send them directly to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically to the Graduate School. MFA applicants should include recommendations from professors, published writers, or others who can credibly assess their potential as creative writers.

Applicants have also used letters of recommendation from employers, supervisors, and colleagues.

Please note that our system accepts recommendation letters via Interfolio. See the detailed instructions provided by Interfolio for this purpose.

Writing Sample

Attach your writing sample directly to the Graduate School application.

Please select the genre in which you plan to specialize, and upload either:

  • A 25-page portfolio of original fiction (stories or novel excerpts), double-spaced
  • A 15-page portfolio of original poems, single-spaced, with no more than one poem per page.

Writing samples under 15 pages for poetry, and 25 pages for fiction are acceptable; please do not exceed the specified page maximums.

Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae

Attach your personal statement (called “Academic and Professional Goals” on the application site).  Tell us about yourself as a writer, reader, and person.  What drives you to want to write (and read and learn)? Why do you want to do an MFA in Creative Writing? Why do you want to do it at Virginia Tech? If you have teaching or tutoring experience, tell us about it and describe what you learned from it, and/or how you feel it might help you in the college classroom.

Attach a resume or CV. This document should include education, work experience, honors/awards, leadership positions, any publications, related courses and/or skills, and teaching/tutoring experience.

Applying as an International Student

International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.

International students may take either the TOEFL exam with a score of 620 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 90 on the internet-based test (iBT), or the IELTS exam with a score of 8. Test scores should be sent to the Graduate School using ETS institution code 5859.

Any Additional Information/Supporting Material

You are not required to fill out the “Additional Educational Experiences” portion of the application. If you do feel inclined to fill it out, the portion that is most helpful to the admissions committee (should it apply to you) is “overcoming social, economic, or physical barriers,” but most candidates adequately address these elements in their Personal Statements.

Interviews with Members of the Program Faculty

Our faculty try to phone or Skype interview all of our finalists for admissions to the program, but, the program has also made offers to applicants who have not been interviewed by our poetry and fiction committees. The program director is in regular touch with all wait-list applicants during the admissions process about their admissions status.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

A question on the Graduate School application asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Please check yes. All accepted MFA students are fully funded via graduate teaching assistantships.

Application Fees

Applicants are required to include a $75 fee with their application.

This is a fee collected by the Graduate School, and not the MFA program itself; unfortunately we don’t have the ability to waive that fee for any individual. The Graduate School does offer application fee waivers to individuals who meet the qualifications outlined on the Fees and Tuition Rates page (including McNair Scholars, applicants with active duty or veteran status, and returning Peace Corps volunteers). If you are an undocumented student who needs a fee waiver, please get in touch with us at

Submission Deadline

All applications are due January 8, 2019 for Fall 2019 admissions.

Additional Notes

  • To apply to the Virginia Tech Creative Writing MFA program, please select “Creative Writing” as your major.
  • The MFA Program begins review of applications on January 8. Only applications completed by this deadline will be considered. Admissions are usually announced in March.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact Director, M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

Sally Shupe

Graduate Programs Coordinator

310 Shanks Hall

(540) 231-4659

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions:


Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions

120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown

Mail Code 0325p 155 Otey Street NW

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061