Wilkes University

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

90% of acceptance decisions are based on your writing sample. 

Creative Writing StudentYour ability to write and desire to improve are the most important factors of the admissions decision. That's why we require creative writing samples and a personal reflection essay as part of the application process.

We make acceptance decisions based on following: Are you sensitive to language? Can you show us a story? Why do you want to write? Are you passionate and committed to being the best writer you can be? What motivates you to write? Why did you consider Wilkes?

Once an application is received in its entirety, applicants will get a decision within 48 hours.

Join our next cohort! Apply by December 15 to start in January 2018.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, please submit the following:

  • Completed online application or paper application 
  • $35 non-refundable application fee (online applicants - ask about our fee waiver!)
  • Official transcript of all college work, undergraduate and graduate
  • Creative writing sample. Submit 15 to 25 pages of published and/or unpublished work in any form or genre; work should give a sense of the applicant's creative abilities.
  • Essay. In five to 10 pages, respond to the following questions:
    • Where are you in time and how did you get there?
    • What are you going to do in the program?
    • What will you do with your program accomplishments following graduation?
  • A current resume that cites creative work, study and accomplishment

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, please also submit two letters of recommendation. 


 Creative Writing Faculty with StudentApplications can be e-mailed to cwriting@wilkes.edu or mailed to the following address:

Dr. Bonnie Culver
Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Wilkes University
84 West South St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. That means we accept online applications at any time leading up to the January or June start dates. However, to meet residency deadlines, completed applications must be received by:

  • Dec. 15 to start in January (Dec. 1 if applying for graduate assistantship)
  • May 15 to start in June (May 1 if applying for graduate assistantship)


State authorization statement: Authorization requirements for distance education vary by state. Wilkes University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows us to enroll students and engage in all activities covered by SARA in states that are members of SARA. However, Wilkes University is not required to have state authorization in all 50 states and may choose not to enroll students from states where we are not authorized. Programs leading to professional licensure/certifications may have additional authorization requirements that need to be met. Wilkes University's programs are designed to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for recommending candidates for licensure/certification. The University continually reviews its programs and state requirements and actively seeks approvals, where needed, in order to deliver its online programs. Any questions related to the University's approval to offer online graduate programs in a specific state should be forwarded to our Graduate Admissions team. Additional information can also be found at www.wilkes.edu/StateAuthorization

Please note: Since distance education requirements vary by state, distance education students who change their residency to a state in which Wilkes University is not approved to operate may be unable to remain enrolled at Wilkes University or may have their academic progression delayed until proper approvals may be obtained.


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