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Creative Writing

Graduate Advisor
Doug Dorst
Flowers, Room 359

Advisor Support
Stanislav Rivkin
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. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

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

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • 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

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


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • 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 important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

  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