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Creative Writing (Concentration in Poetry), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #601 (QS) , VA,
Our selective and academically rigorous 48-credit-hour, three-year program is designed to provide talented writers with the opportunity to work closely with both outstanding faculty and gifted peers to strengthen their craft, develop their literary aesthetics, enrich their understanding of existing traditions as well as compositional possibilities.


The primary areas of study are poetry and fiction, and admission is highly competitive. In addition to the poetry and fiction workshops, there are courses available that focus on writing drama, nonfiction and screenplays, as well as courses that provide practical experience in editing.

Student learning outcomes:

  • Develop and refine their individual writerly voices, produce literary work of a high quality and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of their own aesthetics, as well as the literary models and cultural sources of those aesthetics
  • Actively engage in a wider literary culture and community at the local, regional, national or international level
  • Develop constructive workshop practices and demonstrate the ability to read closely and respond perceptively and critically to the writing of their fellow M.F.A. students
  • Develop an advanced comprehension of editing and revision techniques and strategies, which include synthesizing challenges, advice and critiques from professors and fellow M.F.A. students
  • Develop, hone and articulate a keen sense of their artistic and career goals
  • Demonstrate a skillful use or knowledge of major poetic devices, such as metaphor, imagery, lineation, persona, types of rhythm, rhyme and other sonic effect.
  • Demonstrate the use or knowledge of classic poetic forms, such as the sonnet, the ode and the elegy, as well as other contemporary, experimental or avant-garde forms.
  • In a statement of purpose or aesthetics that is part of their thesis manuscript, as well as in an exit interview/ thesis defense, appraise and locate their own work within literary and cultural contexts

Student learning outcomes specific to poetry:

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Creating Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Drama
  • Film and Television ScriptsApplied English Linguistics
  • Studies in Linguistics
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Studies in British Literature and Culture
  • Special Topics in American Literature and Culture
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Introduction to Scholarship in English Studies
  • Literary Criticism
  • Authors
  • Cultural Discourses
  • Genres
  • Form and Theory of Poetry
  • Form and Theory of Fiction
  • Form and Theory of Creative Nonfiction
  • Independent Study

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Jan 15 for consideration of assistantship
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    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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General Requirements

  • Application to graduate study, including the application for Virginia in-state tuition.
  • Personal statement submitted with the online application.
  • $70 application fee.
  • T​​hree reference letters submitted through the online application.
  • Transcripts from each institution you attended are required. 
  • Official test scores, if required by your program.
  • Your resume, if requested by the department to which you are applying.
  • Portfolio

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27971 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27971 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    14497 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14497 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Richmond

  • 1071 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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