We look forward to receiving your application. 

Due January 24, 2025 for Fall 2025 Admission (no spring matriculation). 

Online Application Form

To access the on-line application form, visit Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions. Please note that the Rutgers graduate application has changed as of the 2022 season. 

The application fee for Fall 2025 applications is $70.

Supplemental Materials

In addition to completing the on-line application, you will need to submit the following:

Mail original, official transcript indicating the completion of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to:

     Rutgers University–Camden
     Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
     406 Penn Street
     Camden, NJ 08102

You may also send official transcripts through electronic services such as Interfolio or Parchment. Address them to

Letters of Recommendation
As part of the online application, you will be asked to provide the email addresses for the two people who will write your letters of recommendation. Once you submit your online application, your recommenders will receive an email from Graduate Admissions requesting that they submit their recommendation letter online. Please note: although the Graduate School application provides space for three email addresses, the MFA requires only two recommendation letters. Please do not send more than two. If you wish, you may use Interfolio to submit your letters of recommendation. For more information regarding letters of recommendation, please visit Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions

Writing Sample and Personal Statement
Upload your writing sample and personal statement to the online portal. Your writing sample should represent your strongest work, whether published or not. You may submit fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or a combination thereof. Prose should be double-spaced in size 12 font; poetry can be single-spaced. See below for page limits. Please do not send more than the specified number of pages.

     Fiction or Creative Nonfiction 
        Twenty to thirty pages of either completed shorter work or an excerpt from longer work
        Ten pages
        Please select a primary genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfictionand include between ten and fifteen pages of prose & five pages of poetry, or up to 30 pages of prose alone. 

Your personal statement (usually 1-2 pages, double- or 1.5-spaced) should include information about your writing background and goals. 

Note: Currently, our core poetry faculty direct the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice on campus, which means they teach fewer courses in the MFA Program. We welcome applicants who would like to concentrate in poetry; however, please note that poets tend to thrive in our program when they have an additional interest in prose. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE scores are not required.

Application Follow-Up

All Application Materials Due January 24, 2025

All applicants will be notified of their admission status by April 1, 2025.

To Check Your Status
Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions