Master On Campus

Creative Writing

Western Kentucky University

24 months
953 USD/credit
917 USD/credit
607 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The MFA program in Creative Writing at Western Kentucky University provides students pursuing vocations in creative writing the opportunity to acquire the background and knowledge required to be leading citizens of what Vachel Lindsay calls the “Republic of Letters."


The Creative Writing program at Western Kentucky University prepares students for lives as writers of novels, short fiction, creative nonfiction, scripts, and poetry and related pursuits such as teaching, literary editing and publishing.  

Students will complete a secondary concentration in literature, composition/rhetoric, or teaching English as a second language in order to give them additional options for employment after graduation. 

The two year residential program of study consists of 48 credit hours of graduate course work, culminating in rigorous comprehensive exams and the completion of a publishable creative thesis in fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, or creative nonfiction.


  • Composition and Rhetoric (ENCR)
  • Literature (ENLI)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (ENTL)


Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing Studies
  • Graduate Rhetoric and Writing
  • Reading as a Writer
  • Graduate Writing Workshop
  • Writing Memoir and Autobiography
  • Advanced Poetry Writing
  • Advanced Fiction Workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
153 (verbal)
4 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum GRE Analytical Writing score of 4.0 and minimum GRE Verbal score of 153
  • Minimum GAP score of 453 [GAP = GRE-V + (undergraduate GPA x 100)]
  • Completion of four undergraduate English courses beyond general education requirements with a GPA of at least 3.0; two of the courses should be upper-level English courses.  Undergraduate creative writing courses are highly recommended
  • Submission of writing sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 953 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    917 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 917 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    607 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 607 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Bowling Green

900 - 1400 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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