Admission / Admission Process


Thank you for visiting the School of Letters application page. We offer the MA degree in English and American Literature and the MFA in Creative Writing.

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, nonfiction, playwriting or screenwriting.  Additionally students must demonstrate, through a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation, the seriousness required for graduate-level study.

Submitting an Application:
Applications for 2019 will be open Dec. 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Check this page for detailed instructions. 

Applications will be read beginning January 31 until the entering class is full, or through April 30.

The checklist below will help you prepare for the application process once the application page is open.

1. APPLICATION FORM.  Your form will include contact information, education history, any publications and awards, and work history. Note that admission decisions are made without regard to financial need.

2. WRITING SAMPLE and APPLICATION STATEMENT. 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. These can be uploaded via .pdf or other acceptable document.

You will also be asked to indicate the reason you wish to attend the Sewanee School of Letters, and to upload this statement as a separate document.

3. APPLICATION FEE. There is an application fee of $75 to be paid online.

4. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. Recommenders should be former professors or other persons able to evaluate your potential for graduate study. You will provide their names and email addresses, and they will be contacted by email to complete a recommendation form and also upload a letter of recommendation.

5. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all colleges and graduate schools previously attended should be sent from those institutions directly to:

Sewanee School of Letters
University of the South
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN  37383

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