Admission is open to all qualified persons regardless of handicap, religion, race, creed, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Students seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts Program must:

  • complete an application
  • submit official transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was earned
  • submit writing sample (10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of prose)
    • fiction and creative nonfiction writing samples may be comprised of several shorter pieces or one longer piece totaling 20-25 double-spaced pages
    • poetry writing samples should have no more than one poem per page
    • writing samples may be uploaded within the online application or sent electronically to
  • submit two letters of recommendation
    • letters of recommendation should be addressed to Christian Kiefer, Director
    • no form is necessary; a standard letter of recommendation is acceptable
  • submit a $30 application fee

Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be submitted to or by mail to

Ashland University
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Angie Kessinger
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805

Admission is based on the following:

  • completed bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA above 2.75 (conditional acceptance for GPAs 2.25-2.75)
  • submission of 10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of prose deemed by the MFA faculty to be of sufficient quality for admittance to the program

Application Deadlines

The best way to enter our program is to start with the Summer Residency. Priority deadline is February 1. As long as space is available, new applications will be accepted until May 15th.

Online Semesters

Students may enter the program during the spring online semester, as well.

There is a priority deadline of September 15 for students interested in enrolling during the spring online semester. New applications for spring will be considered through December 1 as long as there is space available in the program. The semester begins in January.

Application Process

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After completing the application, send your official transcripts and other support materials to or mail them to:

Ashland University
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Angie Kessinger
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805

Applicants may send letters of recommendation as they are ready for submission. If you are completing a hard copy application, you may email your writing sample to

Accepted students are required to make a one-time $150 enrollment deposit to secure their place in the program. The deposit is credited toward their tuition.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Graduate Admissions at 419.289.5738 or