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Next Application Deadline: January 1, 2021

Did you miss our January 1, 2020 deadline? Do you want to take classes in the MFA program before our next deadline?

We permit Non-Degree, Non-Program, or undergraduate students in our courses if there is space available. Active and current students in our program have priority registration for our courses. Check out how to register if you’re not in the program.


For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Our application requirements are also detailed in the graduate catalog program entry, midway down the page.

Applicants must apply online.

We believe that a diverse group of students creates the best learning environment. Hence, we encourage applications from marginalized groups–including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and LGBTQ people.

We accept applications for fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and we welcome applications in hybrid, genre fiction, and experimental/new forms.

Application Materials

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to the Creative Writing MFA program must provide:

  • An Official Transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years. Only the GRE general test is required. We do not require a minimum score, but most successful applicants have a percentile Verbal score at the 66th rank or greater. We nominate two admitted applicants for one of the two Provost Fellowships, and these students are our most qualified applicants and those who score well on the GRE.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (preferably from current or former teachers). The letters should testify to your ability to complete a graduate program. It is helpful if the recommender has an advanced degree, and we prefer at least one of the letters be from a professor who knows your work from undergraduate. However, any source able to describe your work ethic, writing ability, and maturity will be helpful.
  • A Statement of Background and Goals which should be 300-1000 words. In the first sentence, you must identify the genre in which you are applying–fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or hybrid form. We encourage applications in hybrid, literary genre fiction, and experimental/new forms. In the remainder of the narrative, show us your passion for writing, your background in writing, influences on their writing (other writers, specific classes, professors, or books), extracurricular activities related to academia or writing, any publications you already have, and why you intend to pursue graduate study at UCF, and what you hope to achieve in the program. If you were not an English major, we recommend including a list (5-7 titles) of recently read contemporary books in the genre in which you are applying.
  • Résumé or CV
  • A Portfolio (Writing Sample) of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or hybrid work. Please note that hybrid work is different than applying in two separate genres. We encourage hybrid forms, literary genre fiction, and experimental/new forms. Our expectation is that you will concentrate your studies in the genre/form in which you applied. Your portfolio must be in English and in your chief genre (up to 15 pages of poetry, 30 pages of fiction, or 30 pages of creative nonfiction). This manuscript is the most important element of your application. It will be evaluated by a committee of creative writing faculty to assess your readiness for graduate study. The committee’s decision is based upon the qualitative assessment for the manuscript’s competence in standard English, its originality, and your demonstrated potential to succeed in the profession of creative writing.

All application and materials must be submitted through the UCF College of Graduate Studies online admission system.

You must meet the minimum UCF admission criteria, but this does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of your abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to your career/academic goals, and your potential for completing the degree.

Your undergraduate degree does not have to be in English. However, the writing sample and statement of background and goals should indicate your readiness to engage at the graduate level. We expect beginning students will be able to contribute intelligently to the program and write highly effective stories, essays, or poems.

The UCF Graduate School limits the number of admitted students in any graduate program with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0.

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