Deadline for Spring 2018 Admission is October 15, 2017.
Deadline for Fall 2018 Admission is January 9, 2018.
The Creative Writing Program at FIU is a 48 credit hour academic curriculum leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. It includes a minimum of 18 credit hours of writing workshop, 15 credit hours of literature, 3 credit hours of Form and Theory, and 6 credit hours of thesis (most students complete the program in about three years; the graduate school requires that a program of study be completed within eight years). There is no language requirement. Graduate workshops include short fiction, the novel, narrative structure and revision, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The program places great emphasis upon preparation and completion of a book-length creative thesis.
Graduate School Requirements
To apply, complete an online Graduate Admissions application and processing fee at http://gradschool.fiu.edu. 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: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/admission-requirements.shtml.
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 http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov, even if you do not expect to show "need."
Download our MFA Brochure here.