Master of Fine Arts


The MFA in Creative Writing trains students to write in a variety of genres and to study literature from the point of view of a working writer. Recent graduates have become not only published authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and screenplays, but also journalists, editors, publishers, and college-level and secondary-level teachers. The degree program culminates in the submission and oral defense of a thesis consisting of a creative work of poetry, fiction, and/or scriptwriting. The MFA in Creative Writing normally takes six semesters to complete. .


Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. The department funds about 70% of accepted applicants per year. All students teach creative writing courses (no composition or literature), and outstanding applicants may be nominated for a Chancellor’s Fellowship or an Arts and Sciences Council Diversity Fellowship. In addition to the above, there are a limited number of positions available such as reading series organizer and office assistants.


  • Complete and up-to-date admission requirements can be found on the CU-Boulder English website: Admissions Requirements
  • To complete and submit an online application, click here: How to apply


Students must take 45 hours of coursework (15 courses) in the following areas:

  • 4 courses (12 hours) of writing workshops (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, publishing).
  • 4 courses (12 hours) in Literature.
  • 2 courses (6 hours) in two of the following: Studies in Poetry; Studies in Fiction; Studies in Literary Movements.
  • 2 courses (6 hours) of electives.
  • 9 hours of credit for thesis writing.


Students earning the Creative Writing MFA must complete a foreign language requirement, or full details, view page 8 of CU-Boulder English’s Graduate Student Handbook.


No application materials are to be sent to the English Department. All materials, besides official transcripts, must be uploaded via the CU online application. Go to: How to apply