Creative Writing MFA

University of Central Florida
United States
Master's Degree
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March August
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Entry 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. 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.
  • One year of a foreign language at the university level (may be taken while in graduate residence).
  • 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.


Core–9 Credit Hours

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

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 6976 Capstone Course: Scholarship and Publication Models (3 credit hours)

Restricted Electives—6 Credit Hours

  • CRW 5130 Form and Theory in Creative Writing (3 credit hours). May be repeated for credit.
  • 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 The Florida Review Internship (3 credit hours)
  • CRW 6025 Graduate Writing Workshop (3 credit hours)

Unrestricted Electives—6 Credit Hours

  • LIT 5389 Studies in Gender and Fiction Writing (3 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

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