Admission Requirements

The M.F.A. degree program is governed by the regulations of the College of Graduate Studies, including its standards for admission of students.

An applicant’s background must sufficiently prepare them for advanced work in creative practice.

Applicants to the M.F.A. program are expected to have a bachelor degree in a relevant field, such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Creative Writing, Theatre, or Visual Arts; a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Creative Writing, Theatre, or Visual Arts; or, in some cases, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Drama, English, Film, or Theatre. Applicants are expected to have a B+ (76%) average or higher in their third- and fourth-year courses or at least 12 credits in Fine Arts courses relevant to their specialization with an A- (80%) or higher average in their courses at the 300 level or higher. For applicants for whom English is not their first language, minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 580 (paper) and 86 (internet).

All applicants must submit a portfolio of artistic work in order to be admitted into the Program.

In exceptional cases, applicants not meeting these criteria may be admitted to the program provided that all of the following supports/approvals are met:

  • they have the support of a faculty supervisor;
  • the portfolio of artwork is approved by the Department of Creative Studies;
  • approval is obtained from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Graduate Admissions Committee; and
  • permission is obtained from the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Contact the M.F.A. Graduate Coordinator for more information.

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