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Creative Writing, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The highly ranked MFA program in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University combines individualized supervision of student work and literary study. Students in all three programs—MA, MFA, and PhD—complete all their coursework in small graduate seminars or workshop classes. Each program is distinguished by its flexibility, allowing the student significant input in determining a departmental-level academic course plan.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Ethnic Literatures of the United States 
  • Literature of the American South 
  • Survey of African-American Literature I 
  • Postcolonial Literatures 
  • Topics in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies 
  • Topics in Literacy Studies 
  • Topics in Gender Theory 
  • Topics in Folklore 
  • Topics in the History of Rhetoric and Poetics 
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                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 36 months
                • Credits
                  42 alternative credits
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                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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                  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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                  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

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: 3.2

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                Admission Requirements:

                All applicants must take the GRE general examination. A combined total of 308 on the verbal and quantitative elements of this examination is recommended, typically with a minimum of 160 on the verbal portion. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 is also recommended. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score. A writing sample is required of all applicants: eight to ten poems, 20 pages of prose, or a substantial portion of a script for those applying to the MFA program; a 15-20-page sample of sustained critical writing for those applying to the MA or PhD programs.

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  28500 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 28500 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
                • National

                  28308 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 28308 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
                • In-State

                  11393 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 11393 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Baton Rouge

                • 900 - 1400 USD/month
                  Living Costs

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