MFA Application


Applications for the 2017/18 academic year are now closed.

Application Process

Potential students apply to UBC by using the Graduate Studies Application System. Applicants upload all required documents, including scanned copies of previous university transcripts, a Statement of Intent, a literary CV and their creative writing portfolio. Applicants also enter referee names and email addresses; referees will be contacted automatically by the online application system.

  1. Our faculty select the successful applicants through a competitive reading process. We usually accept less than 25% of applicants.
  2. Successful applicants who are selected by our faculty and who meet UBC’s academic qualifications will be formally offered admission at UBC.
  3. Successful applicants arrange for official transcripts to be sent to Graduate & Postgraduate Studies for final review.

We expect to make admission offers by mid-March, 2017.

Application Deadline

Our application deadline for the 2017/18 academic year was Monday January 9, 2017. We expect the deadline for 2018/19 to be similar. Deadlines will be updated in summer 2017.  

Application Guidelines

Our application Guidelines document for the 2017/18 academic year provides detailed information on the application process for the on-campus MFA stream of the Creative Writing Program.

On campus MFA application guidelines 2016 (pdf)