24 months
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
444 USD/credit 10656 USD/year
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The Portland State University MFA degree offers an intensive program of Creative Writing in core workshops and seminars taught by established writers. Prospective students should apply to the genre in which they want to focus: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.  

Visit the official programme website for more information


Core workshops are restricted to students in the strand, where they engage in close readings and critiques of their peer’s work. Seminars are generally open to all MFA students; recent topics include “The Fragment,” “Constraints in Poetry and Fiction,” and “In Translation.” The degree requirements also include sixteen credits of electives, which can be used to explore another genre. 

About us

The MFA emphasizes faculty mentorship throughout each student's coursework and thesis completion. Engagement in Portland's vibrant community of writers is also central to our students’ experience. 

Many students come to the MFA with a background in English literature, writing, or journalism, but others have backgrounds in the social sciences, sciences, and fine arts. Our program is further distinguished by the diversity of its student body, including a range of ages and life experience, as well as by its flexibility. 

The Creative Writing program at Portland State University can be completed in two years of full-time coursework, but students have up to four years to complete the degree.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Constraints
  • Magazine writing
  • Teaching tech & pro wrtn 
  • Portland review editing   
  • Literary agents & acquisi  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Portland State University's graduate application requires the following documents:

  • Scanned copies of your official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Personal essay or statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores, e.g., GRE (not required by all programs)
  • Resume
  • Writing samples
  • Portfolio 

International applicants must also submit:

  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified Translation of Transcripts
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 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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