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Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Submit a creative writing sample that reflects the genre/s of your specialties. 
  • Submit a letter of intent that describes why you want to pursue an MFA. 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic/creative writing professors. 
  • Submit Official educational transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or better, preferable at least 6 credits in advanced English courses. 
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission). (This package will be reviewed by an English Graduate Admissions Committee.)

Submitting an Application For Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.

Opportunities for Funding

Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are awarded to select students who qualify to tutor in the Writing Center. You must interview for this position, and if accepted, you must take ENG 646, Individual & Small Group Instruction. You tutor for ten hours per week and receive tuition remission for two courses and a stipend of $1750 per semester. Contact the English Department’s Graduate Advisor (Marilyn Boutwell, marilyn.boutwell@liu.edu) to find out about availability. Contact the Writing Center’s Associate Director (Lynn Hassan, lynn.hassan@liu.edu) to schedule an interview. We occasionally have TA positions for special projects, such as working with faculty in community-connected writing projects. These positions are posted on the English Department’s graduate-student listserv as they arise.

Teaching Fellowships (TFs) are awarded to select students who qualify to teach freshman composition (English 16) courses under the mentorship of a faculty member. In order to apply for these positions, you must establish eligibility by (1) documenting a strong background in teaching composition or serving satisfactorily as a TA in the Writing Center, and (2) completing (with at least a 3.0) ENG 700, Practicum in the Teaching of Writing. These positions are limited and competitive. TFs receive tuition remission for two graduate courses and a stipend of $2250 per semester. We post these positions in the fall and spring semesters on the English Department’s graduate-student listserv. The contact person for this position is the Associate Director of the Writing Program (Melissa Antinori, melissa.antinori@liu.edu).

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are often available in the Writing Center, the English Department, and at the request of other departments within LIU Brooklyn. An interview process is required. Tuition remission for one course is awarded for a 5-hour-per-week position, and tuition remission for two courses is awarded for a 10-hour-per-week position. Contact person is the English Department’s Graduate Advisor (Marilyn Boutwell, marilyn.boutwell@liu.edu).

Research Fellowships (RFs) are available in fall and spring and occasionally in summer. These positions are limited and competitive (we typically offer 2 per semester). An RF works with a faculty member on a specific research project. Skills needed vary by project. You must apply and interview for these positions. An RF receives a stipend of $2000. We post these positions on the English Department’s graduate-student listserv prior to each semester. Contact person varies by project. If you have questions, please contact the English Department’s Graduate Advisor (Marilyn Boutwell, marilyn.boutwell@liu.edu).

Scholarships are limited and only available for MFA students. Only first-semester students may apply. Scholarships offer $2500 toward tuition for four semesters. Contact person is the English Department’s Graduate Advisor, Marilyn Boutwell, at marilyn.boutwell@liu.edu).

More Information

For more information about admission requirements and/or funding opportunities or about the MFA Program in general, contact the English Department’s Graduate Advisor, Marilyn Boutwell, at marilyn.boutwell@liu.edu.

Please visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog) for further information about the MFA and details about other programs and activities of the English Department.