We do not mail out nor accept paper applications.

  1. Please apply online:

    Once there you will be able to upload to your application the required materials and have your recommenders upload their letters to your application.

  2. Please Note: You must take the GRE General and Literature Subject Exams. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    If you take your GRE's in December, your scores will arrive after the application deadline. Taking your GRE's after the December 1st deadline is not acceptable and your application will not be read.

  3. Creative writing sample: Fiction (approximately 25 pages) or Poetry (approximately 10 - 12 pages). Please do not send entire manuscripts. Select and send only the approximate number of pages requested.

  4. Critical writing sample (10 - 25 pages). This writing sample must be a scholarly critical work. Book reviews will not satisfy this requirement.

  5. Statement of purpose (no more than 3 pages)

  6. Three letters of recommendation

  7. Statement of Interest in Teaching Composition (300-500 enthusiastic words)

  8. Resume/CV

  9. Official Transcripts: Please request official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. Send to the following address:

    USC Office of Graduate Admission
    3601 South Flower St. #112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

Questions? Check out our FAQs page.

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to receiving your application.

  • Janalynn Bliss, Creative Writing Graduate Coordinator
  • University of Southern California
  • Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354