Admission / Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in the Sewanee School of Letters. The School offers the MA degree in English and American Literature and the MFA in Creative Writing. These two programs may be completed in five summers, or four if you write your thesis from home. To apply to the Literature or Creative Writing program, please download the application materials from this web site or contact the Sewanee School of Letters office and ask that an application packet be sent to you via the U.S. Postal Service. The various application materials, once filled in and completed, should be returned to the office of the Sewanee School of Letters, to the address below. The checklist below will help you determine the forms and enclosures expected. Alternatively, you may submit an online application form

We will begin admitting the 2018 entering class at the end of January 2018 and will continue to accept applications until the entering class fills. The 2018 semester will run June 3 - July 13.

Admission Policies: Students admitted to the Sewanee School of Letters must have completed a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution.  That degree need not have been in English or Creative Writing, but admitted students must be able to demonstrate, with academic transcripts, writing samples, and letters of recommendation, adequate preparation in English and American Literature, the conventions of literary criticism, and--for the MFA program--proficiency at writing fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.  Additionally students must demonstrate, through a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation, the seriousness required for graduate-level study.

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Provost, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Application Materials:

1. APPLICATION FORM. Please download and fill in our application below and submit it by email, or print and return the pdf by mail.  Or you may fill in and submit an online application form. Be certain to fill in every section, including the personal statement on the second page expressing why you wish to attend the Sewanee School of Letters. Please note that admission decisions are made without regard to financial need; the question concerning aid lets us know whether to ask the University’s financial aid officer to send you information about forms to file.

2. WRITING SAMPLE. For applicants to the MFA program, the writing sample should include 8-10 pages of poems, 15-25 pages of fiction or literary nonfiction, or 25-30 pages of a play or screenplay. For applicants to the MA program, it should include 15 to 25 pages of critical prose, from one or more essays.

3. APPLICATION FEE. Please enclose a check or money order in the amount of $40.00 made payable to the University of the South.

4. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, each in an envelope sealed and signed by recommender. These recommenders should be former professors or other persons able to evaluate your potential for graduate study.

5. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all colleges and graduate schools previously attended should be sent from those institutions directly to the Sewanee School of Letters.

All materials can be sent to:
Sewanee School of Letters
University of the South
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN  37383

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