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Creative Writing


Creative Writing Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low residency or entirely online program (according to student needs) which focuses on the study of creative writing and poetics, and particularly on the creation, critique, revision, and publication of creative literary works in fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry.

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Degree Plan Options Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Credit Hours 36 Credit Hours
Delivery Methods Victoria (traditional semesters)
Online traditional
Tuition & Fees Rates Per Semesters


Application Materials

In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree, prospective creative writing students must submit the following application materials:

A one to two-page letter that states the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and their personal and/or professional objectives
Two letters of recommendation
A twenty to thirty-page creative writing sample
Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions Index of 980. Obtained by a GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus 15 times (Verbal + Quantitative – 260)

*Waivers granted for candidates with previous graduate or professional degree or undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester hours OR undergraduate GPA of 2.50-2.99 or higher in the last 60 semester hours AND earns a grade of B or better in the first 9 hours of graduate coursework.

Students will be admitted through the application process of the MFA Program, under the advisement of the MFA Program Director.

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Degree Requirements

Students must complete a 36 credit hour program with a final minimum of a ‘B’ in each course, consisting of:

Twelve (12) credit hours of Creative Writing Workshop courses, to be chosen from the following Core Courses (each of which may be taken up to four times, and of which any combination of four with satisfy the requirement): ENGL 6364 Graduate Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop; ENGL 6361 Graduate Poetry Writing Workshop; ENGL 6363 Graduate Fiction Writing Workshop; ENGL 6360 Graduate Writing Workshop.

Three (3) credit hours of ENGL 6333 Form and Poetics.

Fifteen (15) credit hours of elective courses, to be chosen from ENGL and PUBL (courses from other divisions require the approval of the MFA director).

Six (6) credit hours of MFA Thesis, to be connected with the Thesis Project.

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Thesis Proposal

Prior to the beginning of the MFA Thesis courses (in item "D." above):

Students must submit a MFA Thesis Proposal and gain the approval of a Thesis Advisor. This proposal should be no more than two pages in length, and it should detail the genre of the thesis as well as a specific description of the project. At the time of the proposal's submission, students must have completed 12 credit hours of Workshop, with at least 6 of those credit hours earned in the same genre as that of the thesis project; that is, 6 out of 12 hours taken for item "A," above, should be in the same genre as the proposed project.

Students must submit a MFA Thesis Proposal and gain the approval of a Thesis Advisor according to the guidelines of the MFA Director. Students must have completed items A, B, and C of the degree requirements, at the time of submission of this proposal. This proposal should be no more than two pages in length, and it should detail the genre of the thesis (in this case, literary translation) as well as a specific description of the project being completed that serves as a thesis project for this track.



At UHV, you can design a program that best fits your career and educational goals. You have the option of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. You can also select Communication as a concentration in the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences degree program. If you are considering an advanced degree, the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers Communication as a concentration.

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Jennifer Reeder

Jennifer Reeder

Senior Academic Advisor

Jennifer Reeder


Phone: (281) 396-3712


UHV is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 

Anthony Madrid

Faculty Testimonial

"Teaching here is especially pleasant because there's all this untapped creative energy among the students. Anyone who likes to see lively cultural activities can have the satisfaction of nurturing them here."

- Anthony Madrid
Director of Creative Writing, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing