Note: If you’re an international student who is interested in applying to Mills, please visit our application requirements for international graduate students page first.
After the fall priority deadline of January 15, we consider applications on a space-available basis until July 15. If you cannot submit all of your materials by the priority deadline, here is our complete list of application deadlines:
We strongly encourage you to apply for admission by January 15 to receive the earliest consideration for our department's assistantships and fellowships..
Be sure to review the additional application requirements below for the creative writing and literature MA and MFA programs at Mills. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 510.430.3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with your admission counselor.
Please upload a typed, 15–20 page sample essay to the writing sample section of the Mills online admission application.
A writing sample gives you the chance to demonstrate your considerable talents. Follow the guidelines below for the appropriate MFA in creative writing option:
Students of all genders are eligible for admission to Mills graduate programs. On the undergraduate level, self-identified women and people assigned female sex at birth who do not identify with the gender binary are eligible for admission.
Yes, but if you are accepted in more than one area, you will need to choose one area of concentration when you enroll. An application to more than one genre will be reviewed by separate faculty committees in that area and you may or may not be accepted into one or both genres.
Most students complete the 44 required credits over the course of four semesters, or two academic years. To complete the program in two years, MFA students generally take three classes in their first two semesters, and two classes plus the thesis credit in their third and fourth semester. Similarly, MA students typically enroll in two to three courses each semester and complete the research project class in their final semester.
Our program also offers the flexibility of attending part-time, which may extend the length of of the program beyond two years. Those interested in attending part-time should consult with their advisor to determine the best sequence of courses, and should be aware that minimums for federal financial aid are tied to the total number of credits they enroll in each semester. Federal aid is available for both full- and part-time study options.
Mills is committed to ensuring that a high-quality education is within reach for those who have the desire and qualifications to attend. We provide access to a range of financial aid, including a wide range of graduate assistantships designed to offer professional experience and funding. We also offer a small number of full-tuition Fellowships in Writing and Community Engagement. All prospective students are also advised to apply for federal and state financial aid in the form of loans.
Visit the graduate programs cost and aid page for detailed information. If you have questions about your financial aid options, contact your graduate admission counselor at 510.430.3309 or email@example.com.
If you have any questions about your program, please reach out to us at 510.430.3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with your admission counselor.
Mills College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability in our admission policies, in our scholarship and loan programs, or in the educational programs, cocurricular activities, and residential facilities which we operate. Students of all genders are eligible for admission to our graduate programs. Self-identified women and people assigned female sex at birth who do not identify with the gender binary are eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs.