Application Deadline 

We are accepting applications for admission in our Fall 2024 semester. We have extended the deadline. The new priority deadline for scholarships is March 15. Final deadline is April 15.


Admission Requirements to the MFA Program

This list is in addition to the general college requirements:

  1. A minimum average grade of B in all undergraduate work and in all literature courses.
  2. Three satisfactory letters of recommendation, preferably from writers and teachers of writing, addressing the candidate’s academic proficiency and writing skills.
  3. Candidates should submit a writing sample: either 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose.
  4. For the translation track, candidates should demonstrate an appropriate level of fluency in a language besides English and submit previously translated work (5-10 pages) as their writing sample.

    Fulfillment of these requirements does not guarantee admission; it simply makes a student eligible for consideration. All students must meet the above requirements. The MFA program does not accept non-matriculated students.

To apply to our MFA program, please submit an online application through the Graduate Admissions office. Your application essay will be included here.

Then upload your writing sample, including your name and the genre of writing, to this Dropbox link

Please note: 

  • For applications in poetry, please submit 10 pages of poetry.
  • For applications in prose (fiction or CNF), please submit 20-25 pages of prose.
  • For applications in literary translation, follow the guidelines above depending on genre.

All applicants who apply by the priority deadline of March 15 will be automatically considered for merit scholarships, including the Queens College Foundation Master’s Scholarship, the Long Scholarship, and the Johnson Scholarship.

Applicants can also apply for teaching fellowships.

Incoming students have the opportunity to apply for a two-year teaching fellowship. Selected students take a teaching practicum in the fall of their first year and work on initiatives within the program—social media, event planning, web development, alumni outreach. During the spring, they teach one course and continue to work half-time within the program. During their second year, they teach two courses each semester. The stipend is $24,000.

If you are interested in a teaching fellowship, please create a separate paragraph in your application essay that speaks to your teaching aspirations and includes details about any previous teaching experience. 

The Queens College MFA Program offers one of the most affordable tuition rates for national MFA Programs. Check out our Bursar’s page for more details:


We know that moving to NYC is a lot to handle! Our students live all across the city, but if you’re having trouble finding a place, or just want to live somewhere convenient for getting to classes, you can apply for a spot at our campus Summit Apartments.

To check out the amenities and more, please head over to The Summit website:

Summit Apartments

For any questions please contact Jason Tougaw, MFA Director.

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