M.F.A. Creative Writing
The Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of Idaho is an intensive, three-year course of study that focuses on the craft of writing. The curriculum provides practical training in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as the chance to work with our literary journal: Fugue.
Our program is small by design; graduate workshops are capped at 12 students. While we require applicants to commit to one particular genre, we encourage students to “cross-pollinate” and to push themselves in new directions. Our award-winning faculty members teach workshops, along with a variety of courses aimed at developing craft, technique and situating historical contexts. Our creative writing faculty also offers unique long-form fiction and nonfiction courses. Curriculum and instruction form the core of our program.
We’re located in Moscow, Idaho, a university town located within the beautiful Palouse hills. An independent bookstore, art galleries, an independent movie house, coffee shops and local restaurants fill downtown Moscow. The town is wholly committed to the arts; in fact, many of our readings and special events take place in town. It’s a healthy, friendly and inexpensive place to live.
How to Apply
The University of Idaho’s MFA in Creative Writing admits students for entry in the fall semester of each year. Application deadline is January 15. Applications incomplete at that time will be at a disadvantage. Candidates should apply in one genre only. We usually notify applicants of their status in early March.
Take note: the application process takes some time to complete. You need to have your official transcripts from all institutions you have attended forwarded to our Graduate Admissions Office. Letters of recommendation can also take a considerable amount of time. Start early.
- Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized accrediting association.
- Undergraduate grade‐point average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) or an undergraduate cumulative grade‐point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Have maintained at least a 3.0 grade‐point average in subsequent academic work, if any.
- A TOEFL score (or equivalent English test) of at least 560 (paper test) or 83 (internet test) for non‐English speaking students who have not graduated from an English‐speaking institution.
- The MFA program does NOT require the GRE.
- Graduate Admissions online application.
- Three confidential letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who can speak to your aptitude for graduate study and the particular genre to which you are applying. Recommenders should send letters directly to the College of Graduate Studies at the address below. There is no departmental form for recommendations. Letterhead is preferable; if letters do not come directly from the references themselves, recommendations should be signed, by the reference writer, across the envelope flap. If you are seeking a teaching assistantship, letters should also speak of your potential as a teacher of college writing.
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses completed at each college or university you have attended.
- Statement of Purpose, not more than two double-spaced pages, that discusses your desires and goals. The statement should also explain your interest in the study of creative writing and in the University of Idaho's M.F.A. program in particular.
- Curriculum Vitae or resume
- Area of Emphasis form to indicate which genre you are applying to.
- Writing sample to give us a sense of your creative work; select only one genre:
- send up to 20 pages of fiction
- send up to 20 pages of nonfiction
- send up to 10 pages of poetry
- send up to 20 pages of fiction
- Analytical essay: 8‐20 page essay.