MFA On Campus

Creative Writing

University of Notre Dame

24 months
58590 USD/year
58590 USD/year
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The University of Notre Dame MFA in Creative Writing program combines generous, attentive focus on student work with active, engaged pedagogy, in the belief that the two years spent earning an MFA is more than either the achievement of a credential or two years paid writing time.


About this Degree

Our vision of the MFA at the University of Notre Dame is a holistic one, in which community, craft, experimentation, dialogue, study, reflection, and teaching all contribute to dynamic self-directed learning.

Thus beyond the close attention we bring to student writing, our Creative Writing MFA program offers an intense, stimulating immersion in the many ways an author might shape, support and inform a 21st-century writing life. Our faculty has distinguished itself in an array of genres and media, and we teach from our expertise in traditional and innovative genres and forms. As a program, our areas of special strength are global contemporary writing, translation practice and theory, environmental humanities, creative nonfiction, the novel, literatures of exile and migration, innovative writing, and international poetry.

In addition to workshop and the preparation of a book length thesis, our candidates choose from Notre Dame’s wide selection of graduate courses, including gender studies, art and art history, book arts, languages and literatures, film, television and theatre. To complement their classes and writing projects, MFA candidates work on literary journals and presses, teach, facilitate outreach programs with our community partners, interact with visiting authors and artists, and conduct a reading series of their own.

Programme Structure

  • Students may take a workshop in a different genre than the one they were admitted in after their first year of residence. Students may also take electives in other fields, although only one undergraduate course is permitted. 
  • In addition to the standard courses, we also offer practicum classes on such topics as literary publishing and teaching creative writing (with the emphasis on teaching at the university level); translation is also a special focus of our coursework and an area of faculty expertise.
  • In their second year, students select a thesis director from the creative writing faculty and embark on the writing of a full-length manuscript—typically a novel, book of poetry, selection of short stories or essays, etc.  All plans of study must be approved by the Director.  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GRE General Test not accepted
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution (due upon enrollment)
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample(s) - refer to program site for details

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    58590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 58590 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    58590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 58590 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for South Bend

885 - 1432 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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