How to apply for the Master of Creative Writing

All candidates must submit two applications: one to the University of Auckland and a separate portfolio application to the programme convenor. Please note that you must be accepted both by the University and by English to receive a place on the MCW.

We do not operate a rolling admissions process. 

Application deadline

The deadline for MCW applications is 1 November.

Please remember that a University acceptance does not constitute an offer of a place on the MCW. Entry to the MCW is highly competitive, and successful and waitlisted candidates will be advised by the end of November.

University application

For the University application, students must submit:

  • Full contact details
  • All previous academic transcripts
  • A current comprehensive CV including professional experience, education, publications and prizes

This application must be submitted as an Application for Admission. You can make this application at any time. Note that it does not guarantee you a place on the MCW.

Portfolio application

For the portfolio application, applicants must submit:

  • Full contact details
  • All previous academic transcripts
  • A current comprehensive CV including professional experience, education, publications and prizes
  • A creative writing sample of up to twenty pages (double-spaced, 12-point type) of either fiction or creative nonfiction or poetry (one genre only), ideally work-in-progress
  • A one to two page summary of the book you intend to work on during the MCW year

This application must be submitted to english@auckland.ac.nz with the subject heading MCW application / Applicant Name.

You may submit your application at any time, but no applications will be read by the programme convenor until November.

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