MFA in Creative Writing

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The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing balances the study and practice of creative writing with academic coursework in English. Students participate in writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, undertake coursework in literature, and study critical theory. MFA candidates will present a creative thesis of between 45 to 120 pages, depending on genre. 

The MFA Program at Northern Arizona University allows you to:   

  • live and write in the beautiful, vibrant city of Flagstaff
  • focus on poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
  • participate in intensive writing workshops with dedicated professors

 In addition: 

  • our selective admission ensures high-quality workshops
  • applications are reviewed year-round
  • graduate assistantships and tuition waivers are available through a competitive selection process. Selection begins in early February.  For first consideration of your application, submit all materials by February 1.

Degree Plan 

Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses. The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source.  

For more information about NAU’s MFA in creative writing, contact Dr. Nicole Walker, Associate Professor of English.   

How to apply to the MFA Program

Graduate assistantships 

A Graduate Teaching Assistantship can provide financial support for your graduate studies and invaluable professional experience.  GTAs are available on a limited basis and are awarded through a highly competitive selection process.  A successful application will include a detailed, persuasive statement, distinct from the statement submitted for admission to the MFA program, which specifically describes the applicant’s teaching experience and/or potential to be an effective composition instructor. Also, it is important that you direct your references to specifically address your teaching potential in their letters of recommendation. 

Learn more about the available graduate assistantships.  


Thin Air Magazine

the graduate student literary journal, celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Run entirely by students in the MFA program, the magazine invites you to join its editorial staff and to attend or participate in its award-winning reading series, Narrow Chimney.    


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