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.

Preferred Deadlines
Spring Deadline: December 1
Fall Deadline: Extended to May 15
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A note in light of COVID-19: Please rest assured that the NEC MFA program will be moving forward in one of two ways in future days. Either this worldwide crisis will ease by the date of our July residency and we will gather as usual on our gorgeous Henniker campus for ten days of writing, workshops, and readings, or we will construct a remote version of that residency so that our community can still connect as fully as possible. As a low residency program, the current situation does not affect our course offerings in any other way, as we have always offered remote instruction from our faculty writers during the semester itself.

Admissions Requirements

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

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.

Official Transcripts

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 Damaris Gibaldi in the New England College Graduate Admissions Office at:

Graduate Admissions Office
New England College

98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242