Creative Writing

University of Texas El Paso

36 months
914 USD/credit
403 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The only one of its kind in the U.S., the MFA at UTEP offers a fully bilingual (Spanish and English) course of study in fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, literary translation and non-fiction.

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Located in the Chihuahuan Desert, where two nations meet, our program is constantly evolving to meet the needs of students coming from the United States, Latin America and the rest of the world. We offer assistantships to many of our students.

The success of our program is reflected in the success of our students, who have won major literary prizes, including:
  • the highly prestigious 2012 Premio Tusquets de la Novela,
  • the 2006 Premio Clarín de Novela,
  • the 2005 Premio Nacional de Cuento de Colombia,
  • the 2005 Chicano-Latino Literary Award given by UC Irvine,
  • the 2004 Concurso Nacional de Novela Joven de Mexico,
  • the 2004 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize,
  • the Premio Binacional Frontera de Palabras 2003 convocado por Conacultura,
  • the 2002 Premio Nacional de Poesía Joven “Elias Nandino”
  • the 2002 Premio Bienal Copé de Poesía Perú.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Narrative Theory and Poetics
  • Forms and Techniques of Fiction
  • Forms and Techniques of Poetry
  • Writing the Novel
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Ten Problems for the Fiction Writer
  • Writing Children’s Literature
  • Variable Topics
  • Advanced Playwriting

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Spanish
IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus, Online
  • Semi-structured
  • No Attendance
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

For Foreign Students: Begin your application process no later than November 15. Minimum requirements for admission include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any field of study
  • A creative writing sample. If it is poetry, your sample should be between 8 to 10 poems. If it is prose (fiction, drama, screenplay, creative non-fiction or literary essay) not more than 20 pages or 6.000 words.
  • An official transcript of your undergraduate studies
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
All students must fill out a Graduate School Application in EMBARK and must pay an application fee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    914 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 914 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    403 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 403 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


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Creative Writing
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