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Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 15 for fall admission. English graduate programs (including book art and creative writing) do not accept applications for the spring term. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms.

After December 15, most English graduate programs review applications on a rolling admission basis. Please note the following two exceptions:

  • The MFA in book art and creative writing does not accept applications on a rolling admissions basis. All application materials, including the visual portfolio, for this program must be received by December 15 to be considered for fall admission.
  • International applicants must submit all application materials by December 15 for fall admission due to the additional application requirements.

Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent in writing from the Office of Graduate Admission. We encourage all applicants to apply before the December 15 deadline as it can take a few weeks for letters of recommendation and transcripts to arrive.

Applications materials for partial-tuitiongraduate assistantships and full-tuition fellowships in writing and community engagement are due with your program application. FAFSA information is due February 1. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for detailed information.

Required Materials

All applicants to the graduate degree and certificate programs at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including a three- to five-page Statement of Purpose essay. The essay should be typed and double spaced.

Supplemental Application: Students in the MA and MFA programs are required to submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission requirements.

Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank. Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. Cash is not accepted.

FAFSA: To be considered for need-based scholarships, applicants must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1 at www.fafsa.gov. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for detailed information. If an application does not wish to be considered for need-based scholarships, it is not necessary to submit a FAFSA.

Official Transcripts: One official transcript with grades from each postsecondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission. 

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress.

Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Two Academic Letters of Recommendation: Special recommendation forms are provided on the application page or can be sent as part of the online application.
Note: The online Graduate Application for Admission will prompt you to fill out three recommendation contact fields. As an English Department applicant, you may simply type "TEST" into the third field. Current Mills College students and alumnae are only required to submit one letter of recommendation.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the regular graduate admission requirements, all applicants to the graduate programs in English are required to complete an English supplemental application, which details program-specific requirements, including Assistantship and Fellowship application materials.

Applicants to the MFA degree in creative writing (prose or poetry) must submit a writing sample that consists of 15–20 pages of poetry, a short story, or an excerpt of a novel. MA applicants must submit a 15–20 page essay sample. Book art applicants must submit a visual portfolio of 15–25 images, in addition to the written portfolio sample for the applicable creative writing program. Book art visual portfolios should be submitted digitally via slideroom. Please see the supplemental application for more detailed instructions.

If applicants wish to have their hard-copy visual portfolio work returned, they must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the appropriate amount of postage.

International students should be aware of the Special Information for International Students section which outlines additional admission requirements.

If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or grad-admission@mills.edu.


Last Updated: 6/17/14