Degrees and Fields of Study
- Creative Writing - Fiction
- Creative Writing - Poetry
- Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction
- Writers Workshop in Paris - Fiction
- Writers Workshop in Paris - Poetry
- Writers Workshop in Paris - Creative Nonfiction
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
Master's Applications to Creative Writing - Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction
Master's Applications to Writers Workshop in Paris - Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
- September 1: January residency (use our spring application for admission)
- March 1: July residency (use our summer application for admission)
All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.
Application Requirements for Creative Writing
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE: The GRE general test is not required for any of the Creative Writing programs. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score requirements.
Statement of Academic Purpose: In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
Writing Sample: A creative writing sample is required. It should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction applicants and 10 single-spaced pages for poetry applicants. The font size should be 12 point or larger.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated May 29, 2019.
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