How to Apply

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

The New Writers Project requires the following application materials: A statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and an online ApplyTexas application. Additionally, applicants need to meet the minimum requirements established by the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin. For U.S. citizens, these include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training at an institution outside the United States and a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all upper-division (and, if relevant, all graduate) course work. Additional information regarding eligibility requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.

For international students, the Department of English accepts both official TOEFL or IELTS score(s). More information about specific requirements for international applicants can be found here.

Detailed information about the application process, including information about transcripts, test scores, and the application fee, can be found on the Graduate School website here. Application fee waivers for eligible applicants may be available (see here for more information).  

Below is a breakdown and explaination of our application materials. If you are ready to apply, please submit your application here.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

In this short single-spaced essay (1-2 pages), discuss your specific areas of interest and professional goals. You may also want to explain some of your personal history in becoming a writer and why you want to teach.

WRITING SAMPLE

For poetry, we accept a maximum of 15 pages of poetry, of any style or form. For fiction, we accept  9,000 words of prose (12-point type and double-spaced), which may be a short-story, short-story excerpt(s), or a novel excerpt. We are interested in what you consider to be your best work. Our decision to accept an applicant begins with his or her writing sample.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

The Department of English requires three letters of recommendation. We suggest that at least two of your three letters of recommendation describe your writing ability and potential for teaching. Recommendations from your supervisors or colleagues can help us determine how well you would fit into the program. Note: After you submit your application and it loads on our system, the reference request email is sent to your recommenders. To allow your recommenders adequate time to submit their recommendation, you can submit your application and then submit your online Statement of Purpose later.

The department will not accept letters from Interfolio. Recommenders must upload their letters to the applicant’s online application. 

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

To begin graduate study at UT Austin, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training at an institution outside the United States. If you are a college senior and have not graduated yet, please use your current transcript. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require you to send a final official transcript that states you have received the bachelor’s degree by the time you enroll.

You must provide one copy of the official academic transcript from every senior college you have attended. Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college's transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Failure to list all colleges on the application and provide those transcripts will be considered an intentional omission and may lead to the cancellation of your application for admission or withdrawal of your offer of admission. The sending institution must produce transcripts from the past calendar year. Transcripts from junior and/or community colleges are not required.

Please do not upload your college or university syllabi with your transcript(s) or mark sheets.

If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts BEFORE you will be allowed to enroll. Official transcripts are those that bear the facsimile signature of the registrar and seal of the issuing institution. The official transcript will be compared to the document you uploaded. Any alterations or omission of information on the transcripts submitted to The University of Texas at Austin could be grounds for cancellation of your application and/or the withdrawal of the offer of admission.

Send official transcripts for all your coursework. To begin graduate study at UT Austin, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training at an institution outside the United States. If you are a college senior and have not graduated yet, please send your current transcript. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require you to send a final official transcript that states you have received the bachelor’s degree by the time you enroll.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS

If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations to date must be uploaded together with the original language records. Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e., the subjects taken and grades [marks] earned in each subject.)

GENERAL GRE

Starting with applications for Fall 2021, the New Writer's Project will no longer require GRE scores.

APPLYING TO MORE THAN ONE M.F.A. PROGRAM AT UT

Please note the New Writers Project and the Michener Center for Writers have separate admissions processes and seperate applications. Some applicants choose to apply to both programs, while others apply to one or other. The New Writers Project and the Department of English cannot answer questions about the Michener Center for Writers. Students interested in applying to the Michener Center for Writers can learn about the program on their website. Detailed information about the difference between the two MFA programs can be found on our "Which MFA?" page.


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    Department of English
    204 W 21st Street B5000
    Austin, Texas, 78712-1164
    (512) 471-4991