Optional-Residency MFA Application

Application Information

Applications for the Optional-Residency MFA Program for the 2017 Academic Year are now CLOSED. We expect to open applications for the 2018 Academic Year in late summer, 2017.

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 portfolio. Applicants also enter referee names and email addresses and they are 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.

Application Deadline

The deadline for Optional-Residency applications will be announced in late summer, 2017.  

Application Guidelines

When applications are open, we will provide a comprehensive application guidelines document. Applications require a portfolio of work in at least two separate genres of writing, usually of approximately 25 pages each, double-spaced. The most important thing you can do to prepare for application is to work on your writing and ensure your portfolio represents the best writing you are capable of.

We will also require three reference letters, so in advance of application you can also consider suitable academic referees (or creative/work referees, if you do not have three academic referees).