Creative Writing, Master | California State University, Fresno | California, United States
24 months
15147 USD/year
15147 USD/year
5075 USD/year
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The Creative Writing MFA program from California State University, Fresno offers advanced degree training to talented students who wish to gain expertise in the writing of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. 


It assumes that, as in music or the visual arts, the best education for the artist includes: training in the history and traditions associated with the student's discipline, training in theoretical and formal approaches to the craft, and extensive practice with critique of student work by peers and faculty writers. 

The Creative Writing MFA program from California State University, Fresno combines studio and academic approaches, providing the student with substantial critical workshop experience and a solid background in theory and literature. In addition to a traditional literature based course of study, we offer the Emphasis in Publishing and Editing for those students who wish to gain professional training and experience in the field.

The core of the English major consists of four basic kinds of courses in the upper division: literary history courses, literary genre courses, literacy seminars, and writing courses. The masterpiece courses apply to the minor and may meet General Education requirements. The department also offers courses in mythology and folklore, methods of research, film, and women's studies.

Career Development 

English is a general major or minor designed to give proficiency in skills that traditionally have been among the most highly prized by society: 

  • an ability to read with comprehension and critical judgment; 
  • to communicate accurately and clearly both orally and in writing; to grasp difficult ideas and think logically; 
  • to do research and organize materials; 
  • to make ethical and moral judgments from an historical and humanistic framework;  
  • to appreciate literature and the arts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Final Student Teaching Seminar - English
  • Writing Skills Application
  • Writing Tutorial
  • Writing Workshop
  • Academic Literacy 
  • Accelerated Academic Literacy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $55 USD (non-refundable) by credit card
  • English language proficiency
  • Original or certified copies of all university transcripts with literal English translation. Any coursework presented after an offer of admission is made will not be considered for credit
  • Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study
  • A writing sample of the student's creative work (up to 10 poems or 20 pages of prose) to be evaluated by the creative writing admissions committee
  • A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (if applicable)
  • Official admission test score report (GRE* or GMAT*) - if applicable
  • Additional Documentation (if required by the department) 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15147 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15147 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    15147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15147 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5075 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5075 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for California

1000 - 1500 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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