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How to Apply


Applicants should complete their application by that day, using the electronic application form.  On the form, applicants should indicate Area of Interest on the Program page: whether they are applying in fiction or poetry.

Required Materials

  • A writing sample
    • Applicants for the MFA Program should submit a creative writing sample: a fiction manuscript (20 to 25 pages in length) made up of stories or part of a novel, or a poetry manuscript (10 to 15 pages in length).
  • College transcript/s
    • Applicants should attach UNOFFICIAL COPIES of their transcripts to their application.  Only admitted applicants will be instructed to submit official and final transcripts (with prior degrees posted) as a condition of enrollment at Vanderbilt.
  • A statement of purpose no more than three to five pages long
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores
    • Only international applicants need to submit TOEFL scores; they should use code 1871.

Graduate School Application Fee and Fee Waiver

  • Application Fee: The Graduate School application fee is $95.00.
    • Find details of the application fee and application fee waiver policy here.