Skip to Main Content

Apply Now to the University of Wyoming apply now

Application Instructions

DEADLINE: January 20 for Fall 2023 admission

Step 1

Formal application to UW Admissions.  Apply Online.  The Graduate School application is valid for one year. The University of Wyoming requires a $50 application fee.

Step 2

Transcripts from all previous college programs must be provided. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the schools you attended to the admissions office.

UW Admissions
1000 E University Ave Dept 3435
Laramie, WY 82071

  • Note: The online application allows you to upload unofficial transcripts.  These can be used for application review and will save you time/money requesting official transcripts prior to the application deadline.  However, in the event that you are accepted to the program, the University of Wyoming will require all official transcripts be on file before you will be fully admitted.

Step 3

Submit the following materials to the online application.

  • Statement of Purpose of approximately 500 words explaining why you wish to undertake graduate study in creative writing. (Be sure to discuss the kind of creative work or project you intend to pursue within the program.)

  • Writing Sample representing your area of concentration. For prose, you may submit a maximum of 25 pages, numbered, typed, double-spaced. If you work in more than one area of primary concentration or a hybrid genre, please see our FAQs and contact us if you have further questions.

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • NOTE: Please upload all supplemental materials to the main UW online application portal.  The screen for doing so will be available after you pay the application fee.  You may email items to only if you encounter technical difficulties with UW's online system.

Step 4

Three letters of recommendation must be provided.  The main UW online application portal linked above allows you to submit three names and email addresses for recommendations. The person will then receive an automated request to upload a letter for you.

If your reference is uncomfortable with automated request systems, or does not receive the request due to spam filters, have him or her email the letter directly to or mail it to the MFA office:

MFA Admissions
Creative Writing Program
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071


Step 5

TOEFL test scores must be provided (for applicants from non-English speaking countries).  A minimum score of 540 on the written exam, 207 on the computerized exam, or 76 on the Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)  is required for full admission.  

TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

OR Official IELTS scores sent to the Admissions Office.  A minimum score of 6.5 is required for full admission.

NOTE: If your TOEFL score does not reflect the minimum requirements, you have not taken the test, or you simply need supplemental English study before attending the University of Wyoming, you have the opportunity to attend our ELS Language Center to improve your English language skills and waive the TOEFL requirement.  

Class sizes are limited and the admission process is competitive. All your application materials must be received by our office by January 20th for consideration. We cannot offer feedback on writing samples, and all deliberations of the admissions committee are confidential. Questions? Send us an email or check the Note to Applicants.

Persons seeking admission, employment or access to programs of the University of Wyoming shall be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or political belief.

Application Checklist

Final Decisions will typically be made by April 15.

Contact Us

Creative Writing Program

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3269

Fax: 307-766-3189


Pronghorn Logo
Find us on Facebook (Link opens a new window) Find us on YouTube (Link opens a new window)

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon