MFA On Campus

Creative Writing

University of Memphis

24 months
11088 USD/year
8676 USD/year
6252 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Creative Writing MFA program from University of Memphis provides studies in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, along with a variety of options for either a studio degree in Creative Writing, or a degree combining work in either the Department of English or other departments in which course work, or independent study, seems particularly pertinent to the student’s creative thesis. 


The Creative Writing MFA program from University of Memphis brings together nationally recognized authors and a diverse, carefully selected group of students in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country.

In addition to their coursework, MFA students help run the River City Writers Series, one of the oldest and most prestigious series of its kind. They also staff The Pinch, an award-winning literary journal distributed nationally twice a year.

Future opportunities

Graduates of the Creative Writing MFA program from University of Memphis have gone on to publish books, win awards, and teach in universities around the country. Students work in small groups with faculty to study fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or a mix of all three. Students may also have opportunities to teach creative writing locally and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Forms Creative Nonfiction
  • Forms Of Fiction
  • Forms Of Poetry
  • Creative Writing/Translation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 at the undergraduate level.
  • An official undergraduate and if applicable graduate transcript sent to Graduate Admissions.
  • A portfolio of published or unpublished writing samples in the applicant’s chosen genre (at least 20-25 pages of fiction, 10 poems, or 25 pages of nonfiction), demonstrating a potential for development to a professional standard of writing, should be submitted to the English Graduate Office along with two letters of recommendation and a cover letter stating the candidate’s choice of genre and reasons for pursuing the degree. The writing sample will be evaluated by a committee of MFA faculty.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English or if BA is in another field, twelve (12) semester hours in upper division literature or creative writing courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in these courses.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11088 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5544 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    8676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4338 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    6252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3126 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Memphis

955 - 1582 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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