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FAQ for Prospective Graduate Students

To apply online or for general application questions please visit the GSAS Application Resource Center.

Q: Do I have to take the GRE?

A: No. We no longer require GRE test scores for admission to our graduate program.

Q: What fellowship opportunities are available to incoming students?

A: All incoming students to the Creative Writing Program receive Departmental Fellowships in the form of tuition scholarships. These fellowships offer at least half-tuition scholarships (8 credits per year) for both years, plus an undergraduate teaching position during the second year. Recipients of these positions design and teach a semester-long introductory course in creative writing for undergraduates as well as attend a teaching practicum offered by the program. Compensation for teaching is approximately $6,000 per course. Many students also receive additional funding—including several fully-funded packages with generous stipends—through our other fellowship opportunities.

Q: What is the application deadline?

A: The annual application deadline is December 18. This information is included in the GSAS Application Resource Center’s useful online publication, “Application Requirements and Deadlines for Departments and Programs.” Scroll to “Creative Writing.”

Q: Can I apply to more than one genre?

A: No, you must select either fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. It is not possible to submit simultaneous applications in multiple genres. If you apply to more than one program, your applications will not be considered.

Q: What if I change my mind about the genre I’m studying?

A: It is not possible to switch from one genre to the other unless you reapply to the program. Students apply—and are admitted into—either the fiction, nonfiction, or poetry program. Because of space limitations students are not permitted to take workshops in the alternate genre while studying here. Occasionally, with permission of the instructor and if there is sufficient room for enrollment, MFA students may have the option to take a craft course in a different genre.

Q: How many applicants do you have each year and how many are accepted?

A: We have approximately 800 applicants each year. Of these, approximately 20-30 students are accepted in each genre. At any one time, there are about 110 students attending our graduate program.

Q: When do we find out if we were accepted?

A: While it varies year to year, we’re usually able to get the bulk of the notifications out in March.

Q: Do you have a waitlist?

A: We usually maintain a waitlist. Because the length and makeup of the waitlist varies each year, we cannot provide any further information about it and do not provide information about an applicant’s place on the waitlist or chances of being accepted from it. Waitlisted applicants are notified about the status of their applications as soon as possible, but it may be as late as mid-summer.

Q: What is needed to reapply?

A: Those interested in reapplying to the program must resubmit ALL application materials, and pay the application fee. The Graduate School’s admissions office will NOT maintain any application and supplementary materials from previous years.

Q: Can anyone take or audit your classes?

A: No, you must apply and be accepted to the Creative Writing Program to attend any of our classes. Students in other schools and programs at NYU are not permitted to enroll in our courses.

Q: Can I sit in on a class to check out the program?

A: Class visits can be arranged upon acceptance to the program.

Q: What is your ideal candidate? Are there any minimum requirements in order to be accepted?

A: There is no “ideal candidate.” Our students range greatly in cultural and educational backgrounds, ages, interests, and goals. You do not need to have studied English Literature or Writing so long as you have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree. You do not need to have been previously published. While all portions of your application are reviewed and considered, there is no recommended or minimum GPA that we require. We are looking for strong, dedicated, original writers of exceptional promise.

Q: What should I include in the Academic Statement of Purpose?

A: The Statement of Purpose serves as your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions committee and to state your interests and goals. Please include your reasons for applying to the program.

Q: What should be included on the resume?

A: The resume should list relevant educational and occupational experience. You may wish to include information about publications, workshops, and/or conferences you’ve attended, as well as anything else that may provide helpful information about your background for the admissions committee.

Q: Who should the letters of recommendation be from and how do I get them to you if the application is online only?

A: We recommend you request recommendation letters from professors, employers, mentors, and others who know you well and are able to comment on you and your work as a writer, teacher, reader, etc.. When you apply, you will be asked to include the names and emails of your recommenders so that they can submit a recommendation directly to your application. It is in your best interest to apply early to ensure that your recommender can either upload or send in their recommendation before the application deadline.

Q: How do I know if you’ve received my application materials?

A: NO PART of your application should be sent to the Creative Writing Program. This will only delay the process. All materials should be submitted online or sent to the Graduate School of Arts & Science admissions office. For more information about submitting your application or to track you application materials, please visit the GSAS Application Resource Center.

Q: Do you have a low-residency program option?

A: We offer a a Low-Residency MFA Program in Paris. For more information, including details on housing, costs, and the application process, please contact the NYU Creative Writing Program at 212-998-8816 or [email protected]

Q: I was not admitted to your program. Could you provide feedback on my application?

A: Given that we are only able to admit a small percentage of the very strong applicant pool, we are often unable to offer admission to good candidates. Aside from advising that the creative writing sample is the most important part of the application, it is a matter of department policy not to discuss the admissions decision process or offer feedback on individual applications. We encourage interested candidates to reapply to the program next year. According to Graduate School policy, applicants may apply up to three times, after which applications will be returned without review.

Graduate Study Tuition and Fees

The NYU administrative offices are currently closed and we are working remotely, but we’re still here to answer your questions in this challenging time by email, phone, or video chat.

A student’s educational expenses are assessed each semester and are based on the number of credits (also known as “points”) for which he or she registers. In addition to tuition, students also pay registration/student service fees. The Board of Trustees of New York University reserves the right to alter the schedule of fees without notice. We expect a moderate increase in tuition and registration/service fees each academic year.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Academic Year
Academic Year
Tuition per point/credit $1,942 $2,020
Registration/service fee for 1st point/credit $528 $539
Registration/service fee for each additional point/credit $73 $74

* Except for the [email protected] programs, January Term (J-Term) courses are not assessed registration/service fees.

2022-2023 Academic Year (Per Term)

2022-2023 Academic Year (Per Term) Tuition Fees Total
3 points / credits $6,060 $687 $6,747
6 points / credits $12,120 $909 $13,029
9 points / credits $18,180 $1,131 $19,311
12 points / credits $24,240 $1,353 $25,593
15 points / credits $30,300 $1,575 $31,875
16 points / credits $32,320 $1,649 $33,969

2021-2022 Academic Year (Per Term)

2021-2022 Academic Year (Per Term) Tuition Fees Total
3 points / credits $5,826 $674 $6,500
6 points / credits $11,652 $893 $12,545
9 points / credits $17,478 $1,112 $18,590
12 points / credits $23,304 $1,331 $24,635
15 points / credits $29,130 $1,550 $30,680
16 points / credits $31,072 $1,623 $32,695

The following budget items vary depending on individual circumstances. Students should also consider these estimated living costs when determining the total cost associated with their education:

2022-23 Estimated Budget Items

** All students registering for 6 or more credits in a semester are charged the Basic Student Health Insurance Plan. Waivers may be requested through the Student Insurance Office in the NYU Health Center. Learn more about student health insurance.

Doctor of Physical Therapy: Entry Level Program (PTPS-DPT)
Secured Rate Tuition

As a DPT student, you will be billed a flat rate each semester based on your year of admission.

Summer 2022 Entering Class
Summer 2022 – $16,160
Fall 2022, Spring & Summer 2023 – $16,160 each semester
Fall 2023, Spring & Summer 2024 – $16,160 each semester
Fall 2024, Spring & Summer 2025 – $16,160 each semester

Summer 2021 Entering Class
Summer 2021 – $15,538
Fall 2021, Spring & Summer 2022 – $15,538 each semester
Fall 2022, Spring & Summer 2023 – $15,538 each semester
Fall 2023, Spring & Summer 2024 – $15,538 each semester

Summer 2020 Entering Class
Summer 2020 – $15,538
Fall 2020, Spring & Summer 2021 – $15,538 each semester
Fall 2021, Spring & Summer 2022 – $15,538 each semester
Fall 2022, Spring & Summer 2023 – $15,538 each semester

NYU Steinhardt offers various forms of financial aid to fund your graduate studies – from scholarships, funding, and fellowships to loans and work-study. Learn more about how financial aid opportunities can help you make an NYU education a reality.


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