Grad Programs — How to Apply

We’re excited about your interest in pursuing graduate study at Hollins University. Read and follow the general instructions below as well as those required for the specific program to which you are applying.

You may apply to more than one program; however, each program requires a separate application form and processing fee.

Instructions for all applicants:

  1. Complete all items on the application form. If you apply online, you need only mail the supporting documents.
  2. You’re required to pay a nonrefundable processing fee of $40 (for each program).
  3. Request that your undergraduate and any graduate transcripts be sent to the following address. Electronic certified copies are acceptable and may be emailed to hugrad@hollins.edu.
    Hollins University Graduate Center
    P.O. Box 9603
    Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
  4. A PDF application is also available for print-out. Those who are applying with the paper application should mail a $40 check with it, made payable to Hollins University.
  5. Be sure you submit all application materials by the due date indicated for your program.
  6. If you wish to apply for financial aid, please complete a FAFSA and a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance Form (PDF).

For International Students

  1. If your native language isn’t English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Have your scores forwarded to the Graduate Studies Office.
  2. Certification of your ability to fund your graduate education is also required. You must also submit:

Children’s Literature M.A. or M.F.A.

We’re currently accepting applications for summer 2015.

Submission deadline: February 15
On occasion, circumstances allow a qualified student’s admission after the deadline.

Summer term only

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • A manuscript sample of your best writing
    • Letters of recommendation
    • The GRE isn’t required, but you may submit scores to support your application
  • The writing sample for an M.F.A. must be a creative work.
  • The sample submitted for an M.A. application may be either scholarly or creative.
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted on the recommender’s letterhead. Please do not use recommendation forms.

Children’s Book Illustration Certificate

Submission deadline: April 15
On occasion, circumstances allow a qualified student’s admission after the deadline.

You must print the certificate program application and mail it to Hollins.
Children’s Book Illustration Certificate Application (PDF)

  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • A portfolio
    • Letters of recommendation

Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating M.F.A.

Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2015.

Submission deadline: February 15
On occasion, circumstances allow a qualified student’s admission after the deadline.

Summer term only

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • A manuscript sample of your best writing
    • Letters of recommendation
    • The GRE isn’t required, but you may submit scores to support your application
  • If you’re applying for the M.F.A. in Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating, you must also present a digital portfolio of 6-10 images representing your best work.
  • The writing sample for an M.F.A. must be creative.

Creative Writing M.F.A.

Applications are currently being accepting for fall 2015.

Submission deadline: January 6
On occasion, circumstances allow a qualified student’s admission after the deadline.

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Creative writing manuscript (writing sample)
    • The GRE isn’t required, but you may submit scores to support your application
  • Recommenders can email their recommendations to the graduate studies office at hugrad@hollins.edu. They must be sent as an attachment and on the recommenders’ letterhead.

Stipends and scholarships are available to qualified students. Interested applicants should fill out the Application for Stipend or Scholarship (Word document). This form can be emailed to hugrad@hollins.edu.


Dance M.F.A.

Submission deadline: December 1
On occasion, circumstances allow a qualified student’s admission after the deadline.

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate major in dance or equivalent dance experience.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Resume of experience
    • Artist’s statement
    • Application for Fellowship (PDF)
    • A DVD of selected works (12 minutes max. length)

DVD Requirements

DVDs must play on a standard U.S. DVD player. Include a content page listing:

  • Title of work
  • Choreographer name
  • Name of music and composer (if applicable)
  • List of performers.
    • If the applicant is a performer in a group work, please scribe designation in some way.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.)

Rolling Admission

You may apply before any of the three terms offered (fall, spring, and summer). The university admits applicants to the program with the director’s approval. Candidacy for the degree begins upon completion of your first two courses with a grade of “B” or better.

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Statement of educational objectives
    • Three letters of recommendation
  • Once accepted, you’re required to have an admission interview with the program advisor.

Playwriting M.F.A.

Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2015.

Submission deadline: February 15
On occasion, circumstances allow a qualified student’s admission after the deadline.

Summer Term Only

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Manuscripts
    • Letters of recommendation
    • The GRE isn’t required, but you may submit scores to support your application
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted on the recommender’s letterhead. Please do not use recommendation forms.

Certificate in New Play Directing

You must print the certificate program application and mail it to Hollins.
Certificate in New Play Directing application (PDF)

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Your degree doesn’t have to be in the dramatic arts, but you must show prior experience in this field.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Artistic portfolio, including reviews
    • A resume with optional supporting materials
    • A letter of intent stating how you anticipate the certificate program will be of benefit to your profession
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • The GRE isn’t required, but you may submit scores to support your application
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted on the recommender’s letterhead. Please do not use recommendation forms.
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $40 must be submitted with the application.

Certificate in New Play Performance

You must print the certificate program application and mail it to Hollins.
Certificate in New Play Performance application (PDF)

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Your degree doesn’t have to be in the dramatic arts, but you must show prior experience in this field.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Artistic portfolio, including reviews
    • A resume with optional supporting materials
    • A letter of intent stating how you anticipate the certificate program will be of benefit to your profession
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • The GRE isn’t required, but you may submit scores to support your application
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted on the recommender’s letterhead. Please do not use recommendation forms.
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $40 must be submitted with the application.

Screenwriting & Film Studies M.A. or M.F.A.

Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2015.

Submission deadline: February 15
On occasion, circumstances allow a qualified student’s admission after the deadline.

Summer term only

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Manuscripts and writing samples
    • Letters of recommendation
    • The GRE isn’t required, but you may submit scores to support your application
  • The writing sample for the M.F.A. program must be creative.
  • The sample for the M.A. program may be either creative or scholarly.
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted on the recommender’s letterhead. Please don’t use recommendation forms.

Teaching

Application deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or sciences discipline (or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Successful completion of PRAXIS I (or sufficient scores on the SATs or ACTs)
    • A personal statement regarding the qualities you would bring to the teaching profession
  • An admission interview is required prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Teacher licensure without obtaining the master’s is also available at Hollins.
  • PRAXIS I is an academic skills assessment for your early college career. It measures your reading, writing, and mathematical skills. Assessments are available in two formats (paper-based and computer-based). Successful completion of each component is required before admission.
  • In order to substitute SAT or ACT scores, you must achieve sufficient numbers. Detailed information regarding these numbers are available from the education department.

Certificate of Advanced Studies (C.A.S)

Rolling Admission

You may apply before any of the three terms offered (fall, spring, and summer). The university admits applicants to the program with the director’s approval. Candidacy for the degree begins upon completion of your first two courses with a grade of “B” or better.

  • You must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Along with your application, submit:
    • Graduate transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A statement of educational objectives
  • An admission interview is required upon acceptance to the program.

Nondegree-seeking applicants

Individuals wanting to take classes without formal admission may apply as a nondegree-seeking student.

Courses may be taken from:

Applicants must still submit the application for admission (or apply online), $40 processing fee, and undergraduate transcript(s). In courses with limited enrollment, we give priority to degree-seeking students.

Financial aid is not available for nondegree-seeking students.


Questions? Contact Us.

Hollins University Graduate Center
hugrad@hollins.edu

P.O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
540-362-6575
Fax: 540-362-6288

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