Creative Writing

Mississippi University for Women

24 months
7215 USD/year
7215 USD/year
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Mississippi University for Women offers a Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. It is a 48-hour program that can be completed in two to three years (or longer if students choose to attend part time). Online classes include Graduate Writing Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Translation, and Writing for New Media, as well as Literature and Form classes.  



The Mississippi University for Women's MFA program is more flexible than most low-residency MFA's because we treat the residency periods as separate classes. In many programs, the residency is the culmination of the semester's classes, which means that students are required to attend a residency every semester. With our model, students are required to attend at least two short residency classes and two full residency classes (and may count 3 more credits of residency classes toward their degree). This allows us to schedule short residency classes at different times of the semester. We plan to always offer one in October in conjunction with the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium, and one in the summer right before or after the Full Residency class in late May or early June for students who want to save on travel costs. We may also offer short residencies in conjunction with the AWP Conference or at other times. Since students aren't required to attend every short residency, they can choose when to come to campus. Scheduling will be determined by student interest and the availability of faculty.

Another way the W's MFA program is flexible is in our balance of requirements. With 12 hours of workshop courses, 12 hours of literature or forms classes, and 12 hours of electives, students can plan their program to emphasize one or more genres. Students whose goal is to teach writing at the university level will be encouraged to take at least 18 hours of literature and forms classes, whereas students whose goal is to enter publishing or another writing-related field may choose to concentrate on workshop classes. Students may also apply Residency or Internship hours to their elective requirements, shaping the program of study that is best for them.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Short Residency in Writing
  • Full Residency in Writing
  • Graduate Internship in Writing
  • Literary Magazine Production
  • Graduate Poetry Workshop
  • Graduate Fiction Workshop
  • Graduate Nonfiction Workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements

  • A completed Graduate Application form
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including any transcripts from MUW
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or other professionals who can assess your qualifications for graduate work in creative writing. Letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically through the Graduate Admissions application.
  • Proof of Immunization Form Applicants are required to show evidence of 2 doses of MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella) vaccination.
  • Application fee: $25 paid online with you Graduate Admissions application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7215 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14430 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7215 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14430 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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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