2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 16,560
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The MFA Program traditionally begins with the first of three intensive 14-day summer residencies, followed by three non-residential semesters of creative writing/critical reading and writing and one non-residential semester of thesis preparation. Students may opt to begin the program in the spring non-residential semester.

The MFA at Ashland offers a cross-genre option. Students may take one semester in another genre.

All non-residential courses and the writers' workshops during summer residencies are taught on a mentorship basis, with each faculty mentor working with no more than five students per class. Non-residential courses are taught online via Angel, in which students and faculty engage in lively discussions about common texts and occasionally workshop each other's writing.

Entry Requirements

  • completed bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA above 2.75 (conditional acceptance for GPAs 2.25-2.75)
  • submission of 10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of prose deemed by the MFA faculty to be of sufficient quality for admittance to the program