Purdue’s MFA in Creative Writing Program is designed with the writer-artist in mind. It is a place to reside and study your craft in close mentorship with nationally and internationally known faculty. Here you’ll find the opportunity to develop your work in a supportive atmosphere that values originality and a vital literary tradition.
We are the destination for fiction writers and poets who are interested in one or more of these futures: as writers, editors, teachers, non-profit administrators, arts administrators, and the host of careers looking for people with a keen and creative facility with language. For proof, just check out the successes of our alumni and current students.
The Three Year Program Built with You in Mind
Our program structure is small and flexible, allowing writers to design study plans according to their specific needs. With full funding for all, and one of the best student to faculty ratios (3.5 to 1) in the country, the program ensures personal attention and a friendly writing community. Primary coursework is completed in the first two years. This includes craft and theory of fiction or poetry (3 hours), four workshops in fiction or poetry (12 hours), and five other departmental and university electives, including an optional course in another art form (15 hours). The third year is dedicated to work on the thesis—a novel or story collection, or a book-length collection of poetry or fiction—through individual tutorials with a writer chosen from our award-winning M.F.A. faculty.
Full Financial Support
Teaching assistantships in any of the composition programs, including creative writing, provide a base stipend of approximately $17,000 for ten months, remission of tuition and most fees, plus merit raises. The teaching load is usually one course per semester, and after the first year students also have the opportunity for additional teaching and pay above and beyond the base stipend. A few merit fellowships provide tax-free stipends of more than $18,000 for 12 months and remission of tuition and fees.
Many students also hold editorial positions with the Sycamore Review, a nationally recognized literary journal, and some earn additional compensation beyond the teaching assistantship through one of our paid administrative positions, which include Editor-in-chief of the Sycamore Review, Managing Editor of the Sycamore Review, Visiting Writers Series Coordinator, and Assistant Program Director.
Please refer to the English Department's graduate web site. We have an ongoing admissions policy and begin reading applications in late Fall for the following Fall semester. Our application deadline for Fall 2018 is December 30, 2017. Please look around, and if you have any questions feel free to contact us.