P: 510.430.3309

E: grad-admission@mills.edu

If you have a specific question for a faculty member, please contact grad_eng@mills.edu.

Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The priority scholarship deadline for receipt of all application materials for fall admission is December 15. The MFA in Creative Writing program may consider applications for spring admission. Please contact us for more information. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms. Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Applications materials for partial-tuition graduate assistantships and full-tuition fellowships in writing and community engagement are due by December 15th and should be submitted with your program application. The English programs cannot accommodate late applications for assistantships and fellowships.

The deadline to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is February 1. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for detailed information.

Required Materials

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

Graduate Application for Admission: Applications can be completed online or hard-copy. Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including:

Statement of Purpose. Please follow the guidelines provided on the main application form.

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 including Assistantship and Fellowship application materials. Applicants applying for partial-tuition graduate assistantships or the full tuitions graduate fellowship must also submit a current resume or CV.

Application Fee of $50: Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. The application fee is also payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank. Cash is accepted if paid in person to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Official Transcript: Official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission. If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion 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: Recommendation forms can be sent as part of the online application or sent directly by the recommender to the Office of graduate Admission via postal mail or email. At least one letter should be an academic recommendation from a former professor.

Writing Sample: Applicants to the MFA degree in creative writing (prose, poetry, or book art) 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 Visual Portfolio: 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.

Proof of English Language Proficiency: A TOEFL or IELTS is required for all non-native speakers of English, unless you hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university of college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. The English programs require a minimum TOEFL score on the iBT of 100, and a minimum IELTS band score of 7.0.

Certification of Finances and Bank Statement: Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. International students should also submit a scanned copy of their passport biographical page. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.

Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.

All application materials should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613
Via email: grad-admission@mills.edu

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: 8/28/15