University of Victoria

Master On Campus
24 months
5074 CAD/year
4022 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Writing program of University of Victoria, British Columbia is the only one of three in Canada offering an MFA in writing, rather than an MA in English with a creative-writing option.


The Writing program of University of Victoria, British Columbia is not only emphasizing on writing but on the teaching of writing, which is a specialized area of education. You'll take on teaching assistantships to gain experience in evaluating and assisting undergrads, and to acquire actual classroom teaching skills in the area of writing (rather than in English literature). This program is designed so that teaching will be one of the skills you'll graduate with, to better prepare you for the job market.

The MFA program offers students:

  • a supportive environment in which to create a publishable or producible body of work in one of five genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, film and poetry), and
  • training in the teaching of creative writing at the post-secondary level and for community groups.

Students will work closely with internationally known and published faculty who respect and encourage their creative visions and voices. Through participation in workshop classes that simulate an editorial environment of critical feedback and positive reinforcement, students can develop a significant body of work in their genre.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Writing Workshop
  • Special Topics in Advanced Studies in Writing
  • Instructional Skill Preparation
  • Directed Studies in Instructional Skills Preparation
  • Directed Studies in Writing
  • Major Writing Portfolio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form
  • Portfolio (10-15 pages of poetry, 20-30 pages of playwriting, screenwriting, fiction or creative nonfiction)
  • Transcripts
  • Assessment reports
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of reference
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5074 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5074 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4022 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4022 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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