Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Fine Arts in Writing

Contact

Director of Graduate Admissions

E-mail Emanuel

914.395.2371

Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to Sarah Lawrence College.

The preferential deadline for MFA Writing applications is December 15. Admission is rolling thereafter. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Apply to the Writing graduate program online»

Please note: All materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.

Application Requirements

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available. 

Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail.

Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. You may send them to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery, but we also accept unofficial transcripts via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application, or via mail to:

Graduate Studies
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708

If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.

If an applicant is accepted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Recommendations

Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort. 

If an applicant is unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.

Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.

Writing Responses

Please include the following with your application:

  1. Personal statement (500-1,000 words): Please tell us who you are and why you wish to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
  2. Writing samples: Please submit a maximum of 20 to 30 pages of a fiction or nonfiction manuscript/writing samples, or a maximum of 15 pages of poetry.

Any additional material that represents the ability to pursue graduate study would be welcome.

TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information: www.ets.org/toefl.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Visit the Graduate Financial Aid site for a basic outline of graduate tuition, costs, and financial aid.

For more information, please contact Emanuel Lomax, Director of Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.