Creative Writing MFA

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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MFA
Department : English Option : Thesis
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The Creative Writing MFA offers a workshop-intensive program in fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student's written work.


The minimum total hours required for the Creative Writing MFA is 36 credit hours, including a minimum of nine required credit hours of graduate writing workshop classes. Each candidate will write a book-length creative thesis. There is no nonthesis option in Creative Writing.
Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisites and Co-requisites

Students are required to have a proficiency in American and British Literature as reflected by completing at least one survey course in each field. Students with baccalaureate degrees in subjects other than English whose transcripts do not clearly indicate successful completion of such courses will be required to complete survey courses in British and American literature as co-requisites before the thesis defense. The particular courses that satisfy these co-requisites are selected in consultation with the MFA program director.

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

Core–9 Credit Hours

  • CRW 6025 Graduate Writing Workshop. Must be repeated for credit. (3 credit hours)

While students are expected to concentrate their workshop study in the chief genre, multi-genre proficiency is encouraged. Additional credit hours beyond the required 9 credit hours in CRW 6025 Advanced Graduate Writing Workshop are recommended to assist the student in developing better writing and publication skills.

Specialization—6 Credit Hours

The student will complete two of the following courses:

  • LIT 6039 Studies in Contemporary Poetry (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6097 Studies in Contemporary Fiction (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6076 Studies in Contemporary Nonfiction (3 credit hours)
  • CRW 5130 Form and Theory in Creative Writing (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—15 Credit Hours

Restricted Electives—6 Credit Hours

  • CRW 6976 Scholarship and Publication (3 credit hours)
  • CRW 6806C Teaching Creative Writing (3 credit hours). Required for teaching assistants who wish to be considered for teaching Creative Writing courses in our undergraduate program.
  • CRW 5938 Special Topics Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • CRW 5948C Creative Writing Service Learning (3 credit hours)
  • CRW 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • CRW 6025 Graduate Writing Workshop (3 credit hours)

Unrestricted Electives—6 Credit Hours

  • CRW 5130 Form and Theory in Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6216 Issues in Literary Study (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6936 Studies in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5705 Theory and Practice in Composition (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6276 Teaching College Literature (3 credit hours)

Additional Electives—3 Credit Hours

Thesis—6 Credit Hours

  • CRW 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)

The candidate will complete a book-length manuscript of publishable quality, written and revised in CRW 6971 Thesis, that meets both departmental and university requirements for the thesis.

Practicum and Internship

Although a practicum or an internship is not required, they are encouraged to better prepare the student for their profession. These courses fulfill the 6-hour requirement in restricted electives and are listed in that category.

  • CRW 6946 Internship
    • The Florida Review Internship (3 credit hours)
    • The Cypress Dome Internship (3 credit hours)
    • Other Approved Internship (3 credit hours)
  • CRW 5948C Service Learning in Creative Writing (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

The creative thesis, a book-length manuscript of original creative work, is the independent learning experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from current or former teachers).
  • Statement of background and goals. In the first sentence of your statement, please specify the primary genre of study (fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction). If you were not an English major, we recommend you include a list (5-7 titles) of recently read contemporary books in the genre in which you are applying.
  • Résumé or CV.
  • A portfolio of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The portfolio must be in English and in the applicant’s primary genre (up to 15 pages of poetry, 30 pages of fiction, or 30 pages of literary nonfiction). This manuscript is the most important element of a candidate’s application. It will be evaluated by a committee of creative writing faculty to assess the candidate’s readiness for graduate study. The committee’s decision is based upon its qualitative assessment for the manuscript’s competence in standard English and originality, and the author’s demonstrated potential to succeed in the profession of creative writing.
  • At least one survey course in both English and American literature at the university level (may be taken while in graduate residence).

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Creative Writing MFA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 5Jan 5



International Applicants Jan 5Jan 5



International Transfer Applicants Jan 5Jan 5



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.