• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Creative Writing program from University of North Carolina Wilmington  —an intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—joins students who share a common passion and faculty members who provide critical support of their work. The faculty of the Department of Creative Writing view MFA students as colleagues-in-the-making. 


The members of University of North Carolina Wilmington consider it a privilege to teach in such a community, and our invitation to successful candidates to join the Creative Writing MFA community is an equal privilege and should be regarded as such. 

We do all that we can to mentor our MFA students to successful lives as writers; in return we ask that they contribute something of value to our writing community.

MFA Overview

The MFA at UNCW is a 48-hour apprenticeship, requiring a total of 21 hours of writing workshops, 21 hours of literature or other elective courses, and 6 thesis hours, leading to completion and defense of a substantial book-length manuscript of literary merit and publishable quality. While students apply in and focus primarily on one genre, cross-genre study is encouraged.

Our MFA students and alumni have published books with major commercial and university presses (Crown, Random House, Algonquin, St. Martin's, University of Nebraska Press), and have contributed dozens of poems, stories, articles and essays to many of the nation's finest periodicals, including The Paris Review, Boulevard, The Oxford American, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, American Short Fiction, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ms., GQ.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Writing And Editing Artful Sentences
  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Forms Of Poetry
  • Fiction Writing Workshop
  • Forms Of Creative Nonfiction
  • Forms Of Fiction
  • Workshop Long Form Narrative 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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 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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Academic Requirements

  • One official transcript is required from each U.S. post-secondary institution attended. 
  • 3 recommendations to be submitted through the online application.
  • Writing Sample 
  • Statement of Interest (Personal Essay)
  • Assistantship Essay (if interested)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2318 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2318 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    589 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 589 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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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