Applicants to our graduate program must meet admission requirements for both Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at UBC and the Creative Writing Program.

How We Assess Applications

Approximately 20% of applicants to our program are accepted each year. We assess applications primarily on portfolio submission, while also taking into account professional experience and publication history. Applicants should have a four-year bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent.

Faculty members review portfolio submissions but do not provide critique or pre-evaluation. The evaluation procedure is confidential, and we do not disclose any details regarding the decision to accept or reject an applicant.

Once applicants have been recommended for admission by Creative Writing faculty, they are forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to ensure they meet the university’s academic requirements.

Applicants without a four year bachelor’s degree but with significant formal training or relevant professional experience may be granted admission on the recommendation of Creative Writing and the approval of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Applications for the 2019 academic year are open from October 15, 2018 – January 11, 2019.

Our application deadline is in early January for classes beginning the following September. Acceptance notices are sent in March. All applicants will be contacted by email, whether offered admission or not.

Applying To Our Joint Programs

Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing

Applicants for the MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing must apply through UBC’s Theatre & Film Department.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Theatre

The MFA in Creative Writing and Theatre is an on-campus program run jointly by the Creative Writing program and the Department of Theatre & Film. Applications are submitted through Creative Writing but are also adjudicated by UBC Theatre & Film.