Admission Requirements

For consideration for admission to the Writing Studies program, please provide:

  • The Saint Joseph's University Graduate application.
  • Official transcript(s) of undergraduate education. (3.0 GPA or higher preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation that comment upon your writing and/or writing interests.
  • At least two samples of writing not to exceed 25 pages (preferably published work—whether in college publications or in other places).*
  • A personal statement to indicate how the program relates to or reflects life experience and career plans.
  • A current resume.
  • $35 application fee.**
  • The Graduate Record Exam is not required for Writing Studies.
  • An interview may be required at the discretion of the Program Director.

The Writing Studies Admissions committee looks for both a strong academic record and signs of serious interest in the work of a writer. A personal interview with the applicant may be requested.

*Please see our FAQ for questions about what type of writing samples to submit.

**The $35 application fee will be waived for all applicants that attend a Graduate Studies Open House and complete the online satisfaction survey or are SJU alums.


Application Dates:

Saint Joseph’s University operates on a rolling admissions basis for graduate applications. This means that documents can be submitted to the Office of Graduate Operations at any time throughout the year for admission consideration.

International students should visit the International Graduate Applicant page for additional admission requirements.

Questions regarding the application process:


Please submit supplemental documents to:

Office of Graduate Operations
Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131