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Creative Writing

Martin Corless Smith, English, photos for research flyer

Nationally ranked MFA program led by a talented and award-winning faculty.

Liberal Arts Building, Room 228
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1525

Program Coordinator:
Mitch Wieland
(208) 426-2991



The Creative Writing program offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student’s written work.

Degree Programs

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing M.F.A.

Application Deadlines

January 15
Admission decisions: April 15


Teaching and Graduate Assistantships that include a stipend, a tuition and fee waiver, and student health insurance may be available on a competitive basis.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office. Applicants without a bachelor’s in English are required to have a strong background in the field and should discuss their qualifications with the director of the program.
  3. A 500 word essay explaining your goals in pursuing graduate study in creative writing.
  4. A writing sample, which should consist of either 30 pages of fiction or 15-20 pages of poems.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with your academic work.