MFA Deadlines


Friday, December 7, 2018
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Postmarks are accepted.

For a timeline of admissions notifications, please look under “Admissions & Recruitment"

MFA Application Information

To apply to the MFA Programs in Writing, applicants must submit electronic and hard copy documents. Applications are complete when the Programs in Writing has received all of the documents listed below. These documents include the University Electronic Application (with the Statement of Purpose and the Personal History Statement), three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, the Manuscript Submission Form, the Autobiographical Statement, and the writer’s manuscript. Please read the following information carefully for more information on each of these items. The Programs in Writing will not accept incomplete or partial applications.

Please submit the following electronically:

1) University Electronic Application:
  • Applicants must complete and pay for the electronic application by the program deadlines, no exceptions. Paying for the application is the only way to submit the application. The application fee must be paid by credit card only. No checks will be accepted.
  • Fee Waiver information can be found on the Graduate Division website.
  • The GRE section of the application should be left blank, as the Programs in Writing does not require GRE scores.
2) Statement of Purpose:
  • There will be a section for the Statement of Purpose on the University Electronic Application.
  • The Statement of Purpose is an essay in which the applicant should try to articulate his or her ideas about the value of writing as well as to express how and why the Programs in Writing and its faculty may help with the realization of his or her vocational goals. Suggested length is 500 to 1000 words.
3) Personal History Statement:
  • All applicants are required to complete the Personal History Statement on the University Electronic Application. Applicants must first complete the Residency section of the application in order for the Personal History section to appear.
  • The Personal History Statement is about the applicant’s personal background. Applicants may include information about their upbringing, family, culture, socio-economic background, or any personal experiences and challenges. Applicants may also wish to describe how they might contribute to social or cultural diversity within their chosen field of study. The Personal History Statement is used by UCI Graduate Division to help determine whether an applicant is eligible for a fee waiver or a diversity fellowship. There is a 1200 word limit.
4) Three Letters of Recommendation:
  • A total of three letters of recommendation are required and they can only be submitted electronically. Paper LORs will not be accepted.
  • Electronic letters of recommendation can be set up through the University Electronic Application. Applicants will input the email addresses of their recommenders, and the recommenders will be emailed a link that explains how to upload an electronic letter of recommendation. If needed, applicants can resend their recommenders this link by logging in to the Application Progress Review. For more assistance, applicants can contact UCI Graduate Division at
  • Electronic letters of recommendation can be submitted up to approximately two-three weeks after the application has been submitted.
  • The Programs in Writing accepts Letters of Recommendation via Interfolio or a university career center.
5) Transcripts
  • Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded by the applicant to the application and the official transcript and degree confirmation will be sent to the Graduate Division only after the applicant is admitted and submitted a positive SIR. Applicants must upload one unofficial transcript of all college-level work. Transcripts must be uploaded from every undergraduate and graduate institution that the applicant has attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. Even if credits from one institution have transferred and appear on another institution’s transcript, the program will still need to receive the transcript where the credits first appeared.
  • Applicants who have attended UCI must upload an unofficial transcript; the program cannot obtain them on the applicant’s behalf.
  • After the applicant is admitted to the program, the applicant will then be required to submit official transcripts. All transcripts must be issued by the applicant’s previous institution’s Registrar’s Office. The Graduate Division must receive the transcripts in the original sealed envelope. The Graduate Division cannot accept any copied, faxed, emailed, or opened transcripts. Transcripts will be accepted if mailed directly from the Institution or from the applicant, as long as the seal is not broken.

Questions Regarding Electronic App?

For any questions about the University Electronic Application, please contact
UCI Graduate Division at (949) 824-4611.

Please submit the following in hard copy to the Programs in Writing at the address below:

1) Manuscript Submission Form:2) Autobiographical Statement:
  • 500 to 1000 words, double-spaced, in 12-point font, stapled or paper-clipped with full name and page numbers on it. Please no colored paper and no fancy fonts. (Please, no Courier/Courier New font.)
  • The Autobiographical Statement is a self-portrait of the applicant as a writer and as a person. It may include the influence of favorite writers or teachers as well as personal experiences and information about how the practice of writing became important to the applicant’s life.
  • Please note that the Personal History Statement, the Statement of Purpose, and the Autobiographical Statement are three separate statements.  It is fine if information in the three statements overlap.
3) Manuscript:
  • Place full name (on the front page) and page number on each page of the manuscript.
  • Fiction: No more than 40 pages of fiction, double-spaced, in 12-point font, stapled or paper-clipped. One story or several short stories is acceptable
  • Poetry: A maximum of 10 poems, single-spaced, in 12-point font, totaling no more than 20 pages. More pages may be submitted if required to accommodate alternative spacing.
Submit all hard copy materials to:

MFA Graduate Program Administrator
UC Irvine - English Department
MFA Programs in Writing
435 Humanities Instructional Bldg.
Irvine, CA 92697-2650

Please note: Due to the number of applications we do not confirm when application materials have been received. However, you can send us a self addressed stamped post card, which we would mail out once we received/opened your application materials.

For any questions please contact the Programs in Writing Administrator at (949) 824-6718 or

The Programs in Writing does not accept any materials submitted by email.