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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate

Prospective students should apply through the FIU Admissions website.

Graduate

  • 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 the University Graduate School website. 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 Admissions Requirements on the Graduate School website.

    FIU 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 www.FAFSA.ed.gov, even if you do not expect to show "need."

    Download our MFA Brochure here

  • MA in English

    All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application form. 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 1.

    Minimum Requirements for Admittance:

    • BA in English or a related field
    • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    • Submitted GRE General Test Scores
    • 2 letters of recommendation from undergraduate or graduate literature professors;
    • A Statement of Purpose (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.

    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 University Graduate School website.

  • MA in Linguistics

    All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application form. Students requesting teaching assistantships should make that request in their Statement of Purpose.

    Minimum Requirements for Admittance:

    • 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 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.