MFA in Literary Translation



Please provide the following materials when seeking admission to Iowa's MFA in Literary Translation Program:

Application Deadline: January 5, 2018

  1. UIOWA Graduate Program Application - electronically submitted. NOTE: Please select “Comparative Literature—Translation” in the Graduate Program Application under "Department or Program."

  2. Portfolio of Writing - 8-10 pages of literary translations into English (along with source texts); 6-8 pages of original writing in English, critical or literary.

  3. Statement of Purpose - In a well-organized essay (600 words, written in English), describe why you are seeking admission to our MFA in Literary Translation program; how your current and past experiences have prepared you for graduate study in this field; your future academic and career plans; and any additional information that may aid in evaluating your candidacy. Include in your statement your address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

  4. Copies of Transcripts

  5. Three Letters of Recommendation - To be uploaded by the recommenders, these are signed letters on official letterhead to assist us in judging the applicant's potential for graduate study.  Letters should include the basis for the recommenders' judgment and, particularly, their assessment of the applicant's strengths and weaknesses, ability and motivation to succeed in graduate school.

  6. Supplemental MFA Application Form - Complete and upload it to your Admissions Profile.

  7. Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681)

  8. Official TOEFL or IELTS score is required for applicants whose native language is not English.

You should also provide evidence of advanced competence in the foreign language (normally three years or its equivalent of college level work), and substantial preparation in English literature.

A further consideration is the availability of faculty in the applicant's source language and culture.

For questions, please email Aron Aji, program director,