Creative Writing (MFA)
The Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree in creative writing. M.F.A. students at WVU study within a three-year academic/studio program that combines an apprenticeship to the craft with more traditionally academic elements. This approach seeks to train students in ways that reflect the realities of the writer/artist’s evolving role in the academy. Because writers, when hired to teach, are often asked to handle a variety of courses beyond the creative writing workshop, the academic/studio format requires students to take literature and pedagogy courses in addition to writing workshops.
Thus, the M.F.A. is both an academic and a professional degree. As part of WVU’s comprehensive Center for Writing Excellence, this degree allows students to prepare for careers in teaching or professional writing/editing.
Job titles and employers of recent graduates include:
- writer/editor, ModCloth
- researcher, law firm
- editor, University Press
- English professor, Northern Kentucky University
- English instructor, multiple colleges and universities
Course Delivery OptionsOn-campus
Program Application RequirementsSupplemental Application, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing Sample
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall DeadlineJanuary 15
Admissions RequirementsSupplemental Application, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing Sample
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.