How to Apply

Applying for Fall 2012
The Rutgers-Newark Master of Fine Arts Program will begin accepting applications in the Fiction and Poetry genres for Fall 2012 on November 1, 2011. Deadline for receipt of all materials is January 10, 2012. We encourage you to apply early. Please read and follow application instructions below. Applicants who need specific information about applying should email the program at:

A complete application consists of:

Rutgers-Newark Graduate School Application and Application fee, $65 made out to Rutgers University. Application must be completed online, however you will need to mail 3 hard copies of the writing sample, personal statement and resume to the Graduate Admissions office, address below. When applying on-line please make sure to select the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program: all applications, writing samples, and additional documents must be addressed to the Rutgers-Newark Admissions office (see below) in order to be considered for admission.

GRE test scores (for teaching-based aid packages)
GRE scores are strongly encouraged, but not required for admission. However, if you are applying for an aid package that includes teaching (Teaching Assistantship or Part-Time Lecturer), GRE scores are required. Scores must be from within the past 5 years. If you are applying for a teaching-based aid package, please state this clearly on the Financial Aid section of your application. When taking your GRE exam, please have your scores sent to the Rutgers-Newark campus: school code 2512.

* Important Update* As of January 20, 2011 applicants who wish to be considered for teaching based aid must have a GRE Verbal score of 500 or above.

Writing Sample (3 Hard Copies)
Please apply in one genre only: Fiction or Poetry. We do not currently offer workshops for writers of Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, or Non-Fiction, but we welcome applications from writers in these genres who wish to transition into writing literary work.

Please send three copies of your writing sample (double spaced) on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, paginated, with your full name on each page. Please do not include your social security number on any of your documents. Your writing samples are the most important part of your application. Please send work that you feel is at a high level and shows your strengths as a writer. You may send copies of published work, but we would like to see new work as well. The writing sample should consist of one of the following:
   Poetry: 15 pages, single spaced (a minimum of 10 poems, a maximum of 12)
   Fiction: 30 pages (novel excerpt or 3 short stories)
   Please include a title page and a brief note describing the work, if necessary.

Personal Statement (3 Hard Copies)
Personal Statement should be 1-2 pages long, and should include information about you, your goals and why you are interested in pursuing an MFA at Rutgers-Newark.

Resume (3 Hard Copies)

3 Letters of Recommendation (1 copy of each)
Letters of Recommendation can be from sources that can speak about your academic, creative or professional work. Recommenders can use the Rutgers-Newark form, their own letterhead, or they may be submitted to Rutgers on-line.

Official Academic Transcript(s) from any institutions attended.

Send all of the above by January 10, 2012 to the Graduate School. Do not deliver any application packets or supplemental materials to the MFA building. All documents must be mailed to the following address:

Graduate Admissions
Rutgers-Newark (MFA Creative Writing)
249 University Avenue
Blumenthal Hall, Rm 100
Newark, NJ 07102

We do not return manuscripts.

Applicants will be notified of their status no later than April 20, 2012.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
The Rutgers-Newark MFA Program currently offers the following financial aid, awarded on a competitive basis.

• Teaching Assistantships:$21,400 (approximate) plus health benefits & tuition remission

• Part-Time Lecturer Positions: $3,600 (approximate) per semester, no tuition remission.

• Half-Tuition Scholarships: tuition waiver for up to 6 credit hours

The strength and range of the application manuscript, as well as information provided by resumes, personal statements, letters of recommendation and other admissions materials. will be carefully reviewed. Teaching experience is highly regarded in those applicants applying for teaching based aid.

For more information regarding tuition and fees please visit:

Recommendation Form

Credit Card Payment Form

Home | What's New | About the Program | Courses & MFA Concentrations | How to Apply
Faculty | Visiting Writers | Newark | Support Rutgers-Newark MFA

Contact Us

James Goodman Dennis Nurkse Newark Rachel Hadas Jayne Anne Phillips Tayari Jones Rigoberto Gonzalez Rutgers-Newark Campus