The NEC MFA program looks forward to your application. Though we have year-round rolling admissions, we do have preferred deadlines which allow us to give an application our fullest consideration.
Spring Deadline: December 1
Fall Deadline: May 1
A note in light of COVID-19: A remote version of our Winter residency will take place on January 5-10. As a low residency program, the current situation does not affect our course offerings in any other way.
Personal Essay: 1-4 pages
Applicants should address their preparation for graduate work as writers and scholars, the vision and goals they have for themselves and their work as writers looking to undertake a graduate degree program, and any other information pertinent to their application process.
Writing Sample: 10-15 pages in poetry; 20-25 pages in prose & Writing for Stage and Screen
Applicants should submit a sample of creative work in the genre for which they are applying. Dual genre applicants should submit a sample that contains both genres of interest. Prose should be double-spaced; poetry may be single-spaced.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should address an applicant’s potential for rigorous creative and critical work at the graduate level.
Applicants must submit proof that they have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Rare exceptions may be made for individuals who can show a high level of professional achievement.
For additional Admissions questions, please contact the New England College Graduate Admissions Office at:
Graduate Admissions Office
New England College
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242