Creative Writing - Master of Fine Arts

Graduate School

Creighton University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a 2-year residential program focusing on the book.

When you pursue your MFA in creative writing, you’ll create a book-length manuscript and prepare it for publication through a series of workshops, craft classes, literature seminars and talks with visiting writers, editors and agents. Throughout the program, you’ll develop your writing skills while learning to become a contributing member of the literary community.

In addition, our 8-week terms provide flexible scheduling.

The typical creative writing student is a serious writer of poetry or prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) with an undergraduate degree. It is not necessary that this degree be in English.

Career Outlook: 

Graduates of the MFA program become professional writers, editors and teachers. They perform these duties as freelancers, in schools and universities, and in businesses or institutions that value clear, vivid and persuasive communication. 

Some go on to Ph.D. programs in creative writing or literature. Creative writing is also a well-documented avenue to careers in medicine and law. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for writers have grown by 8% since 2009, and this growth is projected to continue for several years to come. As of May 2009, the median annual wage for writers and authors was $53,900, and the top ten percent earned more than $105,710.


Preferred Application Deadline: Domestic: July 15 for fall. International students should apply at least three months in advance of anticipated start date in order to get all paperwork processed.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any subject from an accredited college or university by the start of the first semester in the program. An application should include:

  • Completed online application form and $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Manuscript: A manuscript of original writing (published or unpublished): for the poetry track 10-12 pages, for the prose track 25-30 pages, for the screen writing certificate 25-30 pages;
  • Personal statement: A personal essay of about 500 words on the applicant's purpose for pursuing graduate study in creative writing, identifying a particular track (poetry, prose, screenwriting);
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (no photocopies are accepted)
  • Three recommendations from persons other than family members and preferably submitted by undergraduate/graduate faculty and/or colleagues;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 ibt (213 CBT/550 PBT). International applicants who receive their baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only) are NOT required to submit a TOEFL score report.
  • Creighton University reserves the right to request GRE scores or a personal interview.
  • Technology: For the screenwriting track, acknowledge regular access to the technology needed to take online courses as outlined here. By starting the application process, students are implicitly acknowledging such access.

Program tabs

To complete the program you’ll complete 48 credit hours of workshops, craft courses and literature seminars—all designed for writers. The program consists of 4 semesters of 8-week terms.

Graduate Student Government

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) considers concerns and interests of graduate students and makes recommendations to the Graduate School administration and the University.

The GSG also provides a fair and functional rebate system that allocates student rebates to graduate students. Funds may be used for GSG-sponsored events that enhance the graduate school community, or may be dispersed to students to pursue academic endeavors.

There are three full fellowships available that provide full tuition remission as well as a stipend.

There are two half-fellowships available that provide half tuition remission.

All students are considered for these available fellowships. No separate application is required.