36 months
783 USD/credit 15660 USD/year
783 USD/credit 15660 USD/year
498 USD/credit 9960 USD/year
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The Creative Writing program from University of Central Arkansas provides graduate students the opportunity to concentrate on the study, practice, and teaching of Creative Writing in a highly focused writing environment facilitated by writers for writers. 


Key Features

At 60 hours, this three-year Creative Writing program from University of Central Arkansas will ensure that graduates build multi-genre backgrounds in the popular discipline of Creative Writing through workshops, forms courses, topics courses, a wide variety of electives, and specialized teaching and editing practicums. To ensure individualized attention, the program admits 5 to 8 students annually, with a total population of under 25 students. We offer two publishing assistantships, one with the award-winning national magazine the Oxford American, and one with our new online magazine, Arkana.  We also offer the Porter Fund Scholarship, a $4000 yearly scholarship, to one student.

After being trained in both composition and creative writing pedagogy, some students will be offered graduate assistantships for teaching undergraduate writing classes; others work as graduate assistants in the Center for Writing & Communication, in Sponsored Programs or the Graduate School, among others. All students complete a thesis project. Our students will earn practical, hands-on experience by serving on the editorial staff of our new online national literary magazine Arkana. 

They also have the opportunity to pursue internships with local arts organizations and non-profits as well as with the nationally recognized literary magazine the Oxford American. In addition, a unique course in “The MFA Experience” will help students to maximize their time in the program as they develop as writers and artists.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Forms and Theory of Poetry
  • Advanced Forms and Theory of Fiction
  • Advanced Forms and Theory of Creative Nonfiction
  • Teaching Creative Writing: History, Theory and Practice
  • A Professional Development Seminar
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended that you submit your  Graduate School application at least one month before the semester you wish to start.


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a scale of 4.00 OR at least a 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA on any graduate course work taken at another accredited institution
  • Test Scores –  Most of our programs do not require standardized test scores. If the program requires scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or GMAT, the scores must be less than five years old. Register to take the GRE on the ETS website and send your scores to UCA.
  • Program-specific admission requirements – These vary by program and include items such as test scores, interviews, etc.  

Complete applications include the following:

  • A 500 word statement of purpose detailing why you would like to pursue the MFA
  • A 10-30 page portfolio of creative writing in the areas in which you hope to study 
  • 2 letters of recommendation from professional references that can speak to your writing abilities

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 783 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    15660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 783 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    9960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 498 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Conway

878 - 1274 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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