Murray State MFA Program in Creative Writing

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Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing

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October 1 was the application deadline for those interested in beginning the program with the January 2015 residency. The next application deadline is April 1, 2015. See Applying to the Program for details. 


New Madrid is the national journal of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University.

New Madrid Summer 2014, Artwork by Diana Behl

As a student in our MFA program, you get to serve on the New Madrid editorial team under the guidance of faculty editors. The New Madrid experience provides valuable insight into the world of literary publishing, and helps you look at your own work from the eyes of an editor. 

About our MFA Program

Program Brochure  

The mission of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University is to provide quality advanced instruction to creative writers while allowing them to live and work where they choose. We are looking for candidates who show strong promise as creative writers and who also demonstrate a commitment to the serious reading of literature. Additionally, we seek students who are self-motivated, able to work independently, and capable of making positive use of criticism to improve their writing. Our foremost goal is to facilitate the creative and professional growth of writers, but the degree also offers the necessary academic credentials for a writer to teach creative writing at the college or university level. It also provides a foundation for careers in other writing-related fields. 

Of the 49 hours required for the degree, 13 hours must be completed on campus during the January and July residencies. The remaining 36 hours can be completed via distance learning. These 36 hours comprise three semester-long Graduate Tutorials (6 hours each), a Creative Thesis (6 hours), the New Madrid Field Study (3 hours) and three graduate literature courses (3 hours each). The graduate literature courses may also be completed on campus at Murray State. (While students may transfer up to nine semester hours—“B” or higher—of graduate-level literature courses from another accredited graduate institution, they must complete all residencies, tutorials and the field study within the MFA program.)

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