The MFA in Creative Writing at OSU allows you to focus on developing your abilities
as a poet, fiction writer and/or creative nonfiction writer through creative writing
workshops, literature seminars and electives in those or other areas in language and
culture. In consultation with your advisory committee, you will devise an individualized
curriculum that reflects your own artistic and intellectual interests and prepares
you to publish your artistic writing, enter a Ph.D. program or teach at the college
Workshops in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction: 12 credit hours
Electives in creative writing, literature, teaching methodology, languages and cultural
studies: nine credit hours
are edited by our faculty and advanced graduate students—Milton Quarterly, American
Indian Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Geography, and The Cimarron Review.
Research and Faculty
Our award-winning faculty have mentored and advised hundreds of emerging writers who
have gone on to publish in their fields and to acquire jobs teaching writing. Creative
writing students and alumni have placed their work in such venues asThe New Yorker, theNew York Times and the annualBest New Poetsanthology and published books with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, BOA, Sibling Rivalry
Press and other distinguished presses.
Their accomplishments include the AWP Award Series Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction,
the Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, the Gold Line Press Poetry Chapbook
Competition, the Pushcart Prize, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, the Oklahoma Book Award
and selection as National Book Award finalist.
B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, typically in
English with an option in creative writing and at least twelve hours of upper-division
English courses (minimum GPA of 3.0)
Other undergraduate majors may be eligible for admission depending on quality of writing
Two letters of recommendation
Written statement identifying specific program, reasons for undertaking graduate studies,
relevant experience and future publication and/or work plans (approximately 250 words)
Writing sample: fiction or creative nonfiction (approximately 25 pages) or 10 poems
(maximum 20 pages in total length)
GRE not required
International applicants who aren't native English speakersmust submit one of the following:
TOEFL iBT minimum scores of 26 for reading, 26 for writing, and 100 for total
IELTS minimum scores of 7.0 on reading, writing, and total
* Please note that the Department of English's requirements for demonstration of English
language proficiency are more stringent than those of the Graduate College.
* The Department of English requires standardized Academic English proficiency test
scores for all graduate program applicants who are non-native speakers of English,
regardless of whether they have received previous degrees from U.S. institutions or
any other English-speaking country’s institutions.
The Department of English employs a large number of graduate teaching assistants each
year. They instruct their own courses, work in the OSU Writing Center, and receive
mentoring and pedagogical training. Click here for more information. Assistantships and tuition waivers are available to the majority of our graduate
students. Travel funding opportunities are available on a competitive basis to support
conference presentations and archival research. Scholarships are also available to
recognize outstanding work.
Applications received prior to the fall admission priority placement deadline of Jan.
1 are given first consideration for assistantships and financial incentives. Students
admitted in spring are typically not eligible for departmental funding, including
assistantships, until the following fall semester.