MFA Deadlines

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MFA in Writing & Contemporary MediaSummer/Fall (June 2017)

Accepting Applications

*AUSB practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and admission decisions are provided promptly.  The Early Action Deadline guarantees priority consideration for specific financial aid programs and scholarships, as well as, the earliest decision notification. Learn more about Graduate Financial Aid options here.

Admissions Requirements

The MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media program seeks applicants who want to participate effectively as writers in professional, academic, and community settings; want to develop their skills in the craft of writing; care deeply about the role of the arts and artists in society; and share a commitment to and appreciation for culturally diverse writers and traditions. The program upholds Antioch University Santa Barbara’s tradition of honoring both academic and experiential learning. Applicants must be self-motivated individuals who are able to work independently in a distance-learning format. Program participants must have access to a computer, Microsoft Word, and the Internet.

There are four easy steps to apply:

  1. Complete the Online Application.
    • Complete and submit Part 1 and Part 2 of the online application.
    • Submit the $50 application processing fee or fee waiver. (The application fee is waived for all AUSB alumni and anyone attending an information session).
  2. Complete and submit the Admission Essay. In one 3-5 page, double-spaced essay, please address the following:
    • Describe your background as a writer (including academic training, professional experience, experiential learning, workshops, continuing education courses, etc.)
    • Describe your goals as a writer and how you see AUSB’s MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media helping you to fulfill these goals.
    • Describe your goals and experiences in the context of contemporary media and the digital environment.
  3. Send in all official transcripts indicating bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. Submit all supplemental materials:
    • Sample of writing, media, or production work
    • Two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Antioch University from individuals who can comment on your qualifications for the program. We prefer letters from former teachers, writing colleagues, or others who are well acquainted with your writing. In addition, at least one of these letters of recommendation should address your ability to work well on your own, because, in a low-residency program, high levels of self-discipline and self-direction are required of the student.

Please submit all materials to: Antioch University Santa Barbara, Admissions Office, 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.