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What You’ll Need …

There are five (5) sections to the online application:



Institutions and Transcripts
NOTE: Student and institution names must appear on uploaded and official transcripts.

  • Online uploads
    Identify all institutions you have attended and upload PDF copies of corresponding transcripts to the online application. (Unofficial copies are acceptable for uploading purposes only.)
  • Official copies to University
    Concurrently, have all institutions from which you earned a degree present your official transcripts according to the Graduate School’s instructions: Official Transcript Requirement.

Official TOEFL Scores
(international non-native English speaking applicants only)

Foreign students for whom English is a second language must comply with the requirements outlined by the Graduate School.


Three recommenders are required; however, you may list up to four. Identify persons familiar with your writing, intellectual ability, academic record, and who can provide an estimation of your success as a teacher.

You may provide recommenders with the ability to respond prior to submitting your finished application by completing the recommenders’ page. Fill in the required information (first name, last name, position, institution, and email) for at least three referees and press “Submit.” An automated email will be sent to each with instructions on how to respond. If you identified three recommenders and wish to add one more, you may return to your application to do so. Note: You cannot change any referee information once an email has been sent.

Information regarding the use of a dossier or career service center is located on our FAQ page.

4. DEPARTMENTAL APP (Program Level)


Select either FICTION or POETRY.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The reporting of GRE scores is optional.

Personal Statement
Your personal statement should be a well-written intellectual autobiography that addresses your literary apprenticeship and the relevant life experiences that have led you to apply for the MFA. Address your literary influences in terms of what you’ve learned, not what you like. Your statement should also demonstrate that you have an informed wish to study in the Oregon MFA Program and with our specific faculty. What critical or creative issues do you plan to pursue after your MFA? Your statement must be double-spaced and no longer than three pages.

Avoid the obvious: assume every applicant is dedicated to learning how to write, has received some praise, has funny or moving childhood stories about writing, and thinks the Northwest is attractive.

Writing Sample
Upload your creative writing sample:

  • For poetry, the sample should consist of 10 poems or up to 14 pages of poetry (single-spaced).
  • For fiction, send one to two short stories, or a chapter of a novel, or a substantial portion of a sustained work, up to 25 pages in length (double-spaced).


* Letters of recommendation must be received within 15 days of the application deadline.

All application materials become the property of
the University of Oregon and will not be returned.


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