12 months
18030 USD/year
18030 USD/year
8202 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Florida International University provides the practicing writer the skills necessary to meet the professional standards and expectations of their chosen genre and is intended as the terminal degree for those intending to teach creative writing.

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Housed at the Biscayne Bay Campus and set amidst the tropical beauty, social diversity and cultural dynamism of Miami, the Creative Writing program at Florida International University offers small seminars, intense mentoring, and a dedicated faculty who are highly successful and award-winning working writers including Lynne Barrett, Richard Blanco, Debra Dean, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Les Standiford and Julie Wade.

Students are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent and the desire to join a hard-working, mutually supportive community of writers. Coursework includes workshops, literature offerings, and form and theory classes on Plot, Character and Poetics. The program places great emphasis upon preparation and completion of a publishable book-length creative thesis.

Career Outlook

Graduates of FIU's M.F.A. program in Creative Writing have gone on to successful careers as authors, professors, teachers, editors, and arts administrators. Program graduates have published more than 175 books (and counting) including several bestsellers, had their writing published in dozens of literary and popular journals, produced major literary conferences and festivals, received prestigious literary awards and residencies, and had their work adapted into award-winning films.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Workshop 
  • Advanced Screenwriting Workshop 
  • Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • Special Topics in Creative Writing 
  • Advanced Independent Study in Creative Writing
  • Teaching Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Thesis
  • Creative Thesis Continuance
  • Form and Theory of Contemporary Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 undergraduate
  • GRE: The verbal score of the GRE is taken into consideration particularly in deciding about TAships, but admission decisions are based primarily upon the writing sample, personal statement, academic record and recommendations.
  • Applicant Statement / Letter of Intent: Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters required,
  • Nine semester hours of undergraduate work in creative writing from an accredited college/university
  • One writing sample in either poetry (up to 20 pages), fiction/non-fiction (up to 25 pages) or screenplay (first 30 pages plus a synopsis)
  • Optional Requirement: Letter of intent stating your writing interest and background and indicating your interest, if any, in a teaching assistantship

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9015 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9015 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8202 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4101 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for West Miami

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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