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Creative Writing, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
The MFA in English with a focus in Creative Writing, at The University of Iowa, is awarded by the Graduate College. The Creative Writing Program, also known as the Iowa Writers' Workshop, also offers Nondegree Course Work. For the MFA in English with a focus in nonfiction writing, apply to the Nonfiction Writing Program.
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Overview

For the past 75 years, the University of Iowa has been a national leader in all areas of creative writing. The University offers graduate degrees in creative writing, with specializations in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The master program degree in Creative Writing is offered by the University of Iowa. 

Undergraduate students may declare a major in English and creative writing or in English with a writing specialization. All qualified undergraduates in other majors may enroll in many of the creative writing courses offered by the Department of English.

Facilities

  • The University of Iowa Libraries collection is strong in all areas of English and American literature. 
  • Partly because of the influence of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, University Libraries has particular strengths in 20th-century fiction and poetry, including manuscript collections of 20th-century authors.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • City of Literature
  • Flashwrite: Young Writers, No Borders
  • The Interpretation of Literature
  • Heroes and Villains
  • The Art of Storytelling
  • American Lives

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    81

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • Mail manuscript of your best work, with a Manuscript Cover Sheet (PDF) 
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Application for Graduate Awards
  • Your General GRE test scores (optional but recommended)
  • Supplemental Financial Aid
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
  • Your official GRE scores are not required for admission to this program
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31232 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    31232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31232 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    9266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9266 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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