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Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Poetry

The University of Miami’s MFA Program offers a fully funded, two-year course of study in the writing of poetry, fiction, or cross-genre literature while providing substantial training in the teaching of creative writing and composition. Our program features an optional third year of funding during which graduate students focus on professional development and publication as they continue to teach undergraduate writing courses. The program features a broad multilingual focus in a vibrant, multicultural city unlike any other. Enrollment is kept deliberately small to maximize student-teacher interaction, and faculty at UM are supportive of the linguistic and cultural differences that writers bring to their art.

Full Funding

The James Michener Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships support all our graduate students. Awards include a full tuition waiver and annual stipend of $15,965. MFA candidates teach one section of Introduction to Creative Writing per semester during their second year in the program or one section each of Creative Writing and Composition.

The Optional Third Year

Students who choose the third-year option teach two sections of Composition per semester while receiving faculty mentorship towards professional development.

Graduates of the MFA in Creative Writing have gone on to publish award winning novels, books of poetry, and creative nonfiction; have been awarded Stegner Fellowships and other residencies; and have gone on to find employment in teaching and publishing.

Curriculum Requirements 

Workshop Requirement
Students must take 12 credits of workshop in the genre they were admitted to.12
Creative Writing: Fiction III
Creative Writing: Poetry II
Form Requirement
Students must take 12 credits of forms in the genre they were admitted to.12
Form in Poetry
Form in Fiction
Thesis Requirement
ENG 810Master's Thesis6
Required Electives 26
Total Credit Hours36
1

Third Year Option:

ENG 820 is required for third year students. Students make take up to 6 credits in electives during their third year.

2

Required electives must be literature or forms courses, or other graduate courses at the university.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENG 601 or 602 Creative Writing: Fiction III
or Creative Writing: Poetry II
3
ENG 604 or 605 Form in Poetry
or Form in Fiction
3
Elective 3
ENG 691 Graduate Practicum I: Teaching College Writing (TAs Only ) 0
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
ENG 601 or 602 Creative Writing: Fiction III
or Creative Writing: Poetry II
3
ENG 604 or 605 Form in Poetry
or Form in Fiction
3
Elective 3
Creative Writing (TAs Only)  
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
First Semester
ENG 601 or 602 Creative Writing: Fiction III
or Creative Writing: Poetry II
3
ENG 604 or 605 Form in Poetry
or Form in Fiction
3
ENG 810 Master's Thesis 3
English Composition I (TAs Only)  
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
ENG 601 or 602 Creative Writing: Fiction III
or Creative Writing: Poetry II
3
ENG 604 or 605 Form in Poetry
or Form in Fiction
3
ENG 810 Master's Thesis 3
Creative Writing (TAs Only)  
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours36