Creative Writing

University of Houston

12 months
910 USD/credit
910 USD/credit
401 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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 The Creative Writing MFA degree at University of Houston features focused attention on creative writing in a specific genre combined with study of a broad and diverse range of literatures in English.


On this Creative Writing degree course at University of Houston, you'll:

  • Get to grips with techniques that writers have used for centuries and study contemporary skills to inspire and entertain your audience through the power of written word
  • Learn from published authors, scriptwriters and media specialists who'll help you bring your ideas to life in creative workshops
  • Share your work with fellow writers who are buzzing with fresh ideas
  • Learn to write across a variety of mediums and genres such including magazine articles, television dramas, stage plays, autobiography, travel writing, fan fiction and publicity campaigns
  • Have the chance to publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog
  • Glean tips and tricks from visiting professional writers like Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay
  • Get the opportunity to shadow theatre professionals and have your work performed on stage thanks to our links with Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal and other local theatres

Programme Structure

  • 3 hours of Writers on Literature (ENGL 7324)
  • 15 Hours in creative writing, including 9 workshop hours in the primary genre, 3 hours of Forms and Techniques (ENGL 6320 or 6321), and 3 hours of Master Workshop (ENGL 8322 or 8323)
  • 12 hours of English or American literature, divided between early and later literatures.
  • 6 hours of electives
  • One foreign language
  • MFA thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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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

  • The applicant should have two years of college-level study in one foreign language or otherwise demonstrate, with a passing score on the GSFLT, a reading knowledge of a foreign language.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of a manuscript consisting of a maximum of 10 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of fiction.
  • A statement of intent
  • On a separate sheet of paper, list awards and publications of the applicant.
  • Two official copies of transcripts from each school attended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    910 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 910 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    910 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 910 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    401 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 401 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Creative Writing
University of Houston