Creative Writing

University of North Carolina Greensboro

M.A. On Campus
24 months
1715 USD/credit
1715 USD/credit
653 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offered by University of North Carolina Greensboro is a two-year residency program with an emphasis on providing students with studio time in which to study the writing of poetry of fiction. The program's flexibility permits students to develop their particular talents through small classes in writing, literature, and the arts.


The MFA Creative Writing Program at University of North Carolina Greensboro is one of the oldest such programs in the country. During the early years, the University had among its faculty a number of noted writers, such as Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, John Crowe Ransom, Hiram Haydn, Peter Taylor, and Randall Jarrell. They invited other distinguished writers to campus to read from their work and to meet with students; these writers included Robert Lowell, Robert Frost, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Saul Bellow.

The MFA Writing Program is designed for for full-time residential students. The degree requires forty-eight hours of course work, a thesis (a volume of poems, short stories, or a novel), and an oral examination.

UNCG Resident MFA Faculty & Visiting Writers

The resident faculty at the MFA Writing Program in Greensboro are not only award-winning writers, but also committed teachers who have spent their careers mentoring young writers. Each year the faculty also invites writers and editors to visit the campus for readings, workshops, and master classes with MFA students. They bring unique voices and a variety of experience to the writing community. Guests have included winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur 'Genius' grant, the National Book Award, the Rome Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Award, among other honors.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • MFA Poetry Workshop
  • Graduate Tutorial in Writing: Fiction
  • Graduate Tutorial in Writing: Poetry
  • Special Problems in Writing
  • Contemporary Publishing
  • Seminar on Publishing
  • Internship in English

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application one month prior to the posted departmental deadline.




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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.
More about PTE Academic

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This online application will include basic biographical information, your academic history, three letters of recommendation, college transcripts, GRE scores, a curriculum vitae or resume,  a copy of your writing sample, and an application fee.
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro requires all its graduate students, including those admitted to the MFA Program Writing Program, to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test. An official copy of the GRE general test scores should be reported to UNCG before admission. The GRE Subject Test in English is not required for admission to the MFA Writing Program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1715 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1715 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    653 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 653 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Creative Writing
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