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English Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The priority scholarship (round 1) deadline for fall admission is December 15 for the MFA in Creative Writing, the MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing, and the MA in English Languages and Literatures. These programs accept applications on a space available basis after the deadline until July 15. Students interested in applying for the Community Engagement Fellowship must apply by the December 15th priority scholarship deadline. 

The MFA in Creative Writing program may consider applications for spring admission. Please contact us for more information.

The application deadline for the MFA in Translation is February 1 (round 1) and March 15 (round 2) for the June 2016 residency. Applications for the January 2017 residency will be due October 15, 2016

Visit our application page to apply online or download forms. The online application for the MFA in Translation can be found here. 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 the full-tuition fellowships in writing and community engagement are due by December 15th and should be submitted with your program application. Application materials for the partial-tuition graduate assistantships must be submitted with your program application. Please note limited assistantships are available after the December 15th deadline. Applicants to the MFA in Translation are not eligible for fellowships, assistantships, or scholarships.

To be considered for federal financial aid, such as student loans, please submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1. Applicants who are appyling for our later round deadlines may submit FAFSA anytime to be considered for federal aid. 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 applying to the Language & Literatures, Creative Writing, and Book Art 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-tuition graduate fellowship must also submit a current resume or CV. Students applying to the MFA in Translation are not required to submit a supplemental application.

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 Admissions.

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 Admissions. 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. If you have not completed your bachelor's degree and are not currently enrolled in a degree completion program, please contact us directly to discuss.

Two 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 Admissions via postal mail or email. Applicants to the Language & Literatures, Creative Writing, and Book Art programs should include at least one academic letter of recommendation from a former professor. Applicants to the MFA in Translation program may submit professional recommendations.

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. MFA in Translation applicants must submit a 20-30 page writing sample of original translation along with original source material.

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 online here. 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. Please note that the online application must be submitted prior to uploading digital portfolio materials.

English Proficiency Requirement

    All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the English Language School (ELS) Level 112 Certificate.

Graduate programs in English require minimum TOEFL scores of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 for the internet-based test, or an IELTS overall band-score of 7.0 or higher.  All other programs require a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, 80 for the internet-based test, or an IELTS overall band-score of 6.0 or higher.

More information about these exams is available online at www.ets.org/toefl and www.ielts.org.

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 Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613
Via email: grad-admission@mills.edu

Digital portfolio materials for Book Art can be uploaded here.

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


Last Updated: 6/20/16