Master of Fine Arts Degree

Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing

Our award-winning faculty works hands-on with candidates throughout a three-year program focused on the learning, application, and integration of craft concepts and the generation and workshopping of original student poetry and fiction. Your thesis is a book-length manuscript in the genre of your choice.

Our graduate program is relatively small, currently enrolling fewer than fifty students. We normally accept eight new students each year (four in fiction, four in poetry), and work to recruit a strong and diverse class.

View M.F.A. requirements in our Student Portal

Diversity + Inclusion

The M.F.A. Program has a strong commitment to, and history of, diversity and inclusion. Applicants to the program frequently cite the diversity of its faculty and student body as an important factor in their decision to seek admission.

At the present time, over a third of our first-, second-, and third-year M.F.A. students are African American, Latino/a, Asian American or Native American. We have also sought to make the program a congenial and supportive environment for gay and lesbian students, international students, first-generation college students, and students who are single parents.

Our program makes every effort to recruit the strongest and most diverse annual entering class of students possible and offers students of color the Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellowships in Creative Writing in addition to all of our other fellowship lines. See Fellowships and Awards for further information.

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