24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers a two-year master of fine arts degree in creative writing in the areas of fiction and poetry. 


The MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin Madison is a small program within a large and vibrant writing community. The program typically admits six new students each year.

This 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.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop the creative and technical skills necessary to conceive, execute, and revise original literary work in a student's chosen genre (fiction or poetry).
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to language and style on both the artistic and technical levels.
  • Develop the critical, analytical, and editing skills necessary to evaluate literary works in progress, both in the student’s own work-in-progress, and in that of the student’s peers.
  • Develop the ability to read literary works not only for their social, historical, intellectual, formal, and interpretive value, but for their capacity to inspire and generate new work, and to see in a finished work the process of its being made.
  • Develop through study and practice the pedagogical skills necessary to teach creative writing courses to undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional and pedagogical practices and opportunities within and related to the field of creative writing.
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical conduct with respect to one's work.
  • Engage with local communities of creative writers.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Graduate Fiction Workshop 
  • Graduate Poetry Workshop
  • Creative Writing
  • Pedagogy Seminar
  • MFA Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A statement of approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree
  • A fiction manuscript, consisting of either a novel excerpt or no more than two stories, totaling thirty double-spaced pages or less, in eleven- or twelve-point Times New Roman
  • A curriculum vitae or resume in pdf format is also required by the University, but please note that it is not a particular concern of the Program in Creative Writing
  • You will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of three recommenders
  • An unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript(s) uploaded in pdf format
  • GRE scores are not required and will not be considered for admission

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 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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