This page covers everything you need to know in order to
put together your best possible application to our program.
For most graduate programs in creative writing,
including ours, the most important part of your application is a
sample of your creative work. We base admission decisions
primarily on a written sample of the prospective student’s creative
work submitted in the genre the student intends to study. If you
want to study fiction, you should send us a short story or a
portion of a novel, preferably the beginning. Poets should send
poems; nonfiction writers should send their best narrative
nonfiction of any type.
We read applications on a rolling basis. Once your file
is complete, we try to make a decision on your application within
one week. Our summer program begins July 15.
Supporting materials that accompany an application (including
transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement
identifying the student’s reasons for pursuing graduate study) are
used to help consider the other positive attributes a student might
contribute to the university and program communities
Admission to Saint Leo's Master of Arts in Creative Writing
program is a simple, straightforward process. Applicants should
submit the following materials:
All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally
accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a
4-point scale; students not meeting this standard may be admitted
on a probationary basis at the discretion of the director.
Completed applications will remain active for two years.
Conditional admission as non-degree-seeking students may be granted
only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
Application, letters and transcripts can be sent to:
Director of Graduate Admission - MC2248
Saint Leo University
P.O. Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
Advice on Applying to the Saint Leo M.A. in Creative
For the Personal Statement:
For the Writing Sample: