Admissions Criteria

Admission to Warren Wilson College graduate programs varies from program to program, but there are some similarities. Our graduate program faculty look for prospective students who have a deep and abiding curiosity about their discipline and whose perspective aligns with our programs’ values and philosophy.

In keeping with our test-optional philosophy, Warren Wilson College graduate programs do not require the GRE or other standardized exams.

Applying for Graduate Study

The MFA Program for Writers

Application deadlines are March 1 for the July semester and September 1 for the January semester.

Applicants submit a poetry or fiction manuscript, a personal essay, a critical essay, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, along with a $75 fee, via Submittable.

Grants and scholarships are available and are need-based. Any applicants applying for financial aid must file a FAFSA in advance of the deadline.

Full details are available on the MFA website.

Master of Arts (MA) in Critical Craft Studies

Warren Wilson College has announced its plan to close its Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies program. The program, launched in 2017, was created to offer the first low-residency model for graduate studies in critical craft theory and history. In announcing the planned closure, Provost Jay Roberts stated, “this was a very difficult decision for us to make. The program has been groundbreaking since its inception, and we were fortunate enough to have an internationally recognized scholar in the field to serve as the founding Director in Namita Gupta Wiggers. Namita, the program faculty, and the students have and will continue to contribute cutting edge scholarship that is shaping a newly developing field of Craft Studies.” The College will continue to support all students enrolled in the program in 2022 as they work toward completion.

You can find information about the program here.