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Admission Requirements

Creative Writing

  • MFA in Creative Writing

    Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 GPA, must submit official GRE scores, and must have completed a minimum of nine semester hours of undergraduate work in creative writing. However, admission is based primarily on the strength of the applicant’s submitted writing sample. Deadline is the second Tuesday in January.

    Graduate School Admissions

    To apply, complete an online Graduate Admissions application and processing fee at Additionally, you will be required to provide to the Admissions Office a transcript(s) of successful completion of undergraduate and/or graduate studies at all accredited universities that you list on your application, (with a GPA of 3.0). All applicants must submit current GRE scores regardless of the score. For the Creative Writing Program the verbal score is taken into consideration particularly in deciding about TAships, but our admission decisions are based primarily upon the writing sample, personal statement, academic record, and recommendations. NOTE: For those applicants who have attended FIU, transcripts will be printed out and given to the Creative Writing Program by Graduate Admissions.

    Send a copy of transcripts and GRE scores ONLY to:

    FIU Graduate Admissions
    Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC 230
    11200 S.W. 8th Street
    Miami, FL 33199

    Once the Admissions office has received your application, it will, in turn, be available electronically to the Creative Writing Program and to you. To check the status of your application,and/or transcripts, go to My FIU.

    To see the university requirements for graduate degree programs, please go to the Graduate School website:

    F.I.U. Graduate School policy generally limits transfer of graduate credits taken at other institutions to six (6) semester hours.

    Creative Writing Program Requirements

    In addition to University requirements, the Program requires:

    • two (2) letters of recommendation addressed to our Program Director
      writing sample (see below)
    • letter of intent stating your writing interest and background, and indicating your interest, if any, in a teaching assistantship
    • completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in Creative Writing at an accredited university or college

    Recommendation letters should be from teachers or editors familiar with your writing and should address your potential as a writer and graduate student. If you are applying to be a teaching assistant, they should discuss your potential as a teacher as well. Letters of recommendation need to be emailed and mailed by the recommender (see below for where to send).

    The writing sample is the most important part of your submission. Your sample should be in the genre you intend to focus on during your studies at FIU and should be labeled as such.

    Poetry: up to 20 pages
    Fiction or Non-Fiction: up to 35 pages
    Screenplay: first 30 pages plus a synopsis

    Where to Send Letters of Recommendation, Writing Sample, and Letter of Intent
    Writing sample and letter of intent MUST be emailed and mailed in hard copy by the applicant directly to the Program - Recommendation letters MUST be emailed and mailed in hard copy by the recommender directly to the Program:

    Florida International University-BBC
    Creative Writing Program
    3000 NE 151 Street, AC1-335
    North Miami, FL 33181
    Attn.: Terese Campbell

    Email: CAMPBET@FIU.EDU (pdf or word doc with Applicant name and genre in subject line of email)

    Admission is competitive for those students who meet the minimum admission requirements as space is limited. Fulfilling the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to the program will depend primarily upon the strength of the manuscript submitted.

    A limited number of tuition fee waivers, fellowships and teaching assistantships with a Fall/Spring semester stipend of approximately $9,500 are available. Notify the Program Director in your letter of intent if you are interested in being nominated for financial assistance—these positions will require various instructional and research activities. To be eligible to receive tuition remission, you must file a Financial Aid Form (FAF), available from the Financial Aid Office or go online to, even if you do not expect to show "need."

    Download our MFA Brochure here


  • BA in English

    Students who wish to apply for a BA in English must adhere to the following requirements:

    • Must be admitted into the university with at least a 2.0 GPA.
    • Enrollment in undergraduate program in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese at FIU.
    • Must apply during the first semester of senior year with 90 credits completed.
    • Must have completed LIN 3013/LIN 3010 General Linguistics, LIN 4680 Modern English Grammar, FRE 3780 French Phonetics, or SPN 3733 General Linguistics with a grade of “A”.
    • Current GPA of 3.2 or higher.
    • Two letters of faculty recommendation.
    • A 2-4 page statement of purpose, explaining academic plans and goals.
    • Student will begin MA program in second semester of senior year.
  • MA in Literature

    Application, transcripts, and GRE scores should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants should also send a copy of the transcript to the program director. Faculty from undergraduate programs should send letters of recommendation directly to Asher Milbauer, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, FIU, Miami FL 33199. Students requesting teaching assistantships should make that request in their Statement of Purpose. The deadline for Fall admission is March 1 and for Spring admission is October 15.

    Minimum Requirements for Admittance:

    • BA in English or a related field
    • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    • A minimum verbal score of 156 quantitative score of 141 on the GRE (a combined score of 1000 on the old scale)
    • 2 letters of recommendation from undergraduate or graduate literature professors;
    • A personal essay (Optional: indicate a desire to be considered for a teaching assistantship);
    • A 10-page long research paper;
    • Those who might be chosen for teaching assistantships will be interviewed by at least one member of the committee.
    • The program is designed to be completed within two academic years. Students must complete thirty credits in graduate English courses, with a grade of B or better, plus six credits of thesis hours (for a total of 36 hours). A maximum of 6 graduate credits from FIU or other graduate institutions are transferable.

    Within the 36 hours of study, students must complete the following required courses:

    • ENG 5048, Literary Theory.
    • ENG 5971, M.A. Thesis and Dissertation Workshop
    • LIT 5405, Literature, Language, and Society.
    • LIT 6970, Thesis credits. Students must take 6 hours of thesis credits while working on their Master’s thesis.
    • Students who are teaching assistants must also take ENG 6937, a course on pedagogy, as well as a one-credit Pedagogy Practicum.
    • Language requirement—completed prior to thesis — may be satisfied in a number of ways. Consult with director.
    • Thesis of 50-100 pages, directed by an English faculty member and read by 2 other members of thesis committee.

    Transfer of Credits

    Students may transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate credit from another accredited institution. Grades on these transferred credits must be equivalent to a B or better. Moreover, these credits will be accepted by the graduate school only upon recommendation of the English department. Students should be aware also that transfer credits from foreign universities are very rarely accepted.

    Additional Requirements

    The procedures, requirements, deadlines, and required forms are available at the Graduate School’s website.

    We suggest that students review these materials early in their graduate careers—no later than the end of the first year of study—so that no forms and no deadlines are inadvertently missed. Because deadlines change each semester, students must take responsibility for checking for deadlines, which are published on the Graduate School’s website.



  • MA in Linguistics
    • BA degree in Linguistics or related field
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Two detailed letters of reference on university letterhead from undergraduate/graduate professors
    • Statement of purpose (indicate if interested in an assistantship)
    • TOEFL score required for all foreign graduates (550 paper-based, 80 internet-based on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS)

    The application form can be downloaded directly from the Graduate Admissions web page. A copy of the application and transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Another copy of the application should be sent with the applicant's letters of reference, statement of purpose, application, and test scores, to the director of the Linguistics Program.

    The Linguistics program has admission for both Fall and Spring semester. Applicants should note the deadlines for admission are March 1 for Fall semester and October 1 for Spring semester.

Need more? Check out University Admissions or contact us at 305-348-2874.