36 months
31766 USD/year
15568 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Colorado State University  is for students with advanced abilities in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.


Our three-year program offers a balance of intimate and intensive writing workshops with courses in literature, form and technique, and related electives both in and out of the English Department. Writers work closely with a distinguished faculty of publishing writers that includes winners of prestigious national awards and fellowships.

Coursework culminates in a thesis—a collection of poetry, short stories, or essays; or a novel or memoir—and the completion of a comprehensive portfolio. A dual-genre thesis option is available to students with exceptional promise in a second genre of writing.

Assistenship of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Colorado State University

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are available on a competitive basis. A required orientation and pedagogy seminar provide GTAs with extensive training in teaching college composition.

The GTA application is separate from the application to the program, and includes a written statement that should speak to your qualifications and enthusiasm for college teaching. Emphasize any formal or informal teaching experience, such as tutoring, writing-center counseling, or even coaching. In addition, remind your references to speak to your potential for college teaching in their letters.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Form and Technique in Modern Literature: Essay
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Pre-20th Century Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A complete application to the MFA program includes the following:

  •  Statement of Purpose: A one-page, single-spaced statement in which you introduce yourself and state your goals for graduate study.
  •  Writing Sample: We ask for 12-20 pages of poems; two short stories or a novel chapter from fiction writers (maximum 25 pages); from nonfiction writers, 20-25 pages of personal essay, memoir, hybrid or other form, as either one longer submission or two shorter submissions.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Provide email addresses for each recommender who has agreed to write a letter. Your recommenders will be e-mailed instructions to upload their letters.
  •  Transcripts: You must provide a transcript from each university or college you attended that represents the course work you completed for your Bachelor’s degree and any advanced degrees since then

  • GTA Application

Tuition Fee

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    15568 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15568 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Fort Collins

1210 - 1800 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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