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Creative Writing, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #28 (ARWU) , WI,
The program in creative writing offers a two-year master of fine arts degree in creative writing in the areas of fiction and poetry. The MFA program is a small program within a large and vibrant writing community. The program typically admits six new students each year.

About

The MFA program is the only program of its kind to have an "alternating genre" admissions policy. The program admits fiction writers in even-numbered years and poets in odd-numbered years. This alternating admissions schedule allows the program to provide a 2 to 1 student/teacher ratio and lets fiction instructors focus entirely on one group of fiction writers, and poetry instructors on one group of poets for the two-year instructional period.

Programme Structure

For more information, please visit the program website. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 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:

    92

    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:

    580

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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

  • A statement of approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree.
  • A ten-page poetry manuscript, with each new poem beginning on a new page, single-spaced in eleven-point Times New Roman. Your name should appear on each page of the writing sample, and each page should be numbered.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • You will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of three recommenders. 
  • An unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript(s) uploaded as a PDF under the “Education” tab. 
  • GRE scores are not required and will not be considered for admission. Simply leave these fields blank on the online application form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12009 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Madison

  • 1015 - 1760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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