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M.F.A. in Creative Writing


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program admits students with a bachelor’s degree, usually in English but sometimes in other fields. An applicant to the M.F.A. program is admitted based on his or her academic record, three letters of recommendation from former teachers or others familiar with the applicant’s writing, a sample of the applicant’s creative writing (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction), and a personal statement explaining what the applicant expects to accomplish in WVU’s M.F.A. Program as well as whether the applicant would like to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) position and, if so, why the applicant would be a successful teacher. No teaching experience is necessary to become a GTA.

In addition, applicants must submit their score on the Graduate Record Examination General Aptitude Test taken within the last five years. Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL scores of at least 550 for the written exam or at least 213 for the on-line version.

The graduate application deadline is January 15th.

Application Materials:

The following materials should be submitted online through the University Graduate Online Application:

  • Graduate Admission Application
  • Writing Sample (10 to 15 pages of poetry; 20 to 30 pages of fiction; 20 to 30 pages of creative nonfiction; upload as “supplemental application” on Supplemental Materials page)
  • Personal Statement (500-750 words; upload as “personal statement” on Supplemental Materials page)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

In addition, applications require:

  • GRE General Aptitude Test Scores (WVU’s GRE Code is 5904)
  • Transcripts (send to: Office of Graduate Admissions, West Virginia University, P.0. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506)

University Graduate Online Application

For additional information about the M.F.A. Program, please contact Professor Glenn Taylor, Coordinator of Creative Writing.