The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing is designed to assist students in their development as writers of fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction; to provide practical, hands-on experience in the field of editing and publishing; to deepen a student’s critical engagement with language and literature; and to prepare those students for careers as published authors, as well as teachers of creative writing in community colleges and universities.
Students seeking admission to the graduate program in English must supply the following materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
- Graduate Application
- Application fee
- Official transcripts of all college-level work, including one that shows conferral of the undergraduate degree (Note: The student must have completed at least twelve hours of upper-division English courses with a 3.0 GPA or better; students with credentials from foreign universities must have their transcripts reviewed by a transcript evaluation service)
- Official scores for the GRE General Test (Note: The subject test in English is not required)
- Three letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s potential for success in an English graduate program
- A creative writing sample of either 20 pages of prose or a collection of 8-10 poems (Note: Applicants may submit a critical writing sample to supplement but not substitute for their creative work)
- International applicants only: Official TOEFL scores
The English M.F.A. Program welcomes qualified international applicants; however, an individual who does not hold American citizenship must be accepted under regular admission status, without qualifications.
A holistic review of each applicant's file will be completed, and admission will be granted on a competitive basis.
Students enrolled in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing may choose either a focus in Fiction or a focus in Poetry
Plan 1 – Focus in Fiction
Plan 2 – Focus in Poetry