Creative Writing
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
4198 JFSB
Program Requirements: 

Requirements for Degree - MFA in Creative Writing

  • Credit hours: 32 minimum, consisting of 26 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Engl 699R).
  • Introductory course (2 hours): Eng 600.
  • Required courses (18 hours):  Three graduate-level writing workshops; two literature courses, and English 617 (617 should be taken in the first year)
  • Elective courses (6 hours):  Two graduate-level courses in the English Department (up to three credit hours may be taken outside the English Department with advisor approval)
  • Thesis: six thesis hours (Engl 699R)
  • Oral examination of thesis, coursework, and reading list.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


Additional Requirements

  • Equivalent of undergraduate English degree
  • Advanced (upper-division) course in literary criticism
  • Formal Writing Sample
  • Creative Portfolio - see department for particulars
Program Outcomes: 

Effective Presentation and Publication

Creative Writing MFA graduates produce work suitable for public presentation, publication, and other forms of creative expression that fit their post-graduate plans.

Thesis Production and Defense

Creative Writing M.F.A. graduates produce and defend a thesis-length creative document that is characterized by its originality and excellence of expression and informed by its critical introduction and/or afterword.

Discrete Area Mastery

Creative Writing M.F.A. graduates will persuasively defend, in the oral examination, the coherence of their plan of study and their mastery of a discrete area of the discipline.

Pedagogy and Teaching

Creative Writing M.F.A. graduates who teach composition or assist faculty in teaching courses in the English major will exemplify pedagogical understanding and practice that qualifies them to teach similar courses at other colleges and universities.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 23
International 0
Female 18
LDS 23
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 16
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 309.9
GRE Quantitative Score 147.5
GRE Quantitative Percentile 33.5
GRE Verbal Score 162.3
GRE Verbal Percentile 86.1
GRE Analytical Score 4.3
GRE Analytical Percentile 65.2
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.4
Graduated Per Year 10.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 29.8
Admitted Per Year 11.4
Percent Admitted 38.26
Average GPA 3.67