24 months
18590 USD/year
18590 USD/year
5260 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Utah in creative writing is small and selective. It gives students the opportunity to study literature, participate in intensive writing workshops, and work in a close community of writers.


Our Creative Writing Program at the University of Utah is vibrant and highly successful. We are committed on all levels to developing well-rounded practitioners with substantial backgrounds in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, digital writing practices, hybrid and other experimental forms, book arts, and literary history and theory. 

The programme

Our program hosts a dynamic reading series and opportunities for interaction with visiting authors and scholars. Undergraduates are introduced to a variety of writing lives through small workshops and intensive focus on their work, while studying the larger ecology of contemporary publishing. In our graduate program, home to Quarterly West and Western Humanities Review, students intensify and deepen their investigation. We offer a modular MFA in Environmental Humanities, the American West, or Book Arts.

Many graduates in our PhD Program, which Atlantic Monthly rated as among the top five in the country, publish widely in literary journals, place books before or soon after completing the program, win national and international awards, oversee and participate in a graduate reading series, and go on to find good academic positions. Our renowned and aesthetically diverse faculty, whose honors include Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Pushcart Prizes, the Berlin Prize, and other prestigious recognition of their creative work, scholarship, and teaching, includes Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal, and Melanie Rae Thon.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Online Writing Pedagogy
  • Critical Theory 
  • Form and History in Romantic Poetry
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Fiction Workshop 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed University of Utah Common Online Graduate Admissions Application, including an affidavit of support for International Students.
  • Payment of application fee ($55 for domestic applicants; $65 for international applicants) via the online application system.
  • Transcripts must be uploaded via the online application system.
  • Official GRE scores sent directly to the University from ETS
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Writing Sample 
  • Three Academic Letters of Reference 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9295 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    18590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9295 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2630 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Salt Lake City

1000 - 1730 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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