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Creative Writing

Graduate Advisor
Doug Dorst
dd35@txstate.edu
512.245.7681
Flowers, Room 359

Advisor Support
Stan Rivkin
s_r236@txstate.edu
512.245.7681
Flowers, Room 359

The M.F.A. program offers students access to incredible resources, including readings and master classes given by acclaimed visiting writers, agent and editor talks, and facilities like the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle and the Clark House in Smithville. Each year, two graduates of the program hold residencies in these literary landmarks.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.F.A. Fiction 48 Thesis Minor required
M.F.A. Poetry 48 Thesis Minor required

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 15 January 15
Spring November 1 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above. Read additional information about departmental funding opportunities below.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  If your last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, additional documents may be required. Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents

  • creative portfolio (combined into one PDF file) 
    • fiction writers: 2–3 short stories or up to 30 pages of a novel 
    • poets: 12–15 poems
    • fiction/creative nonfiction writers: one short story or a brief novel excerpt and one creative nonfiction essay up to 30 pages total

  If your last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, additional documents may be required. Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  GPA and Additional Requirements
If your last-60-hours GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 2.75, three letters of recommendation will be required to be considered for conditional admission*. Our office will notify you via email should this occur.

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.

  Effective Fall 2018, three letters of recommendation will not be required if your GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 2.75.


  Funding Information
If you are applying for a departmental graduate assistantship (IA/TA), you must submit required materials for both the creative writing program and the IA/TA position by January 15 for the following academic year. Please submit the following items to the director of the M.F.A. program in the Department of English:

  • completed application form for a graduate assistantship
  • statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) describing your potential for and interest in teaching college first-year composition