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In our M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Media Arts program, you will discover and master the art of creative writing through intensive workshops and literature and craft classes. With award-winning faculty, nationally recognized visiting writers, and partnerships with literary magazines and community organizations, our program promotes lifelong learning and community engagement.

The UMKC Catalog outlines specific learning outcomes, graduation requirements, and programs of study for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Media Arts. You will select one of the following core genres and you will complete coursework in at least one additional genre:

Under the guidance of a faculty member, you will complete a thesis that is a publishable manuscript of poetry, short stories, a novel, creative non-fiction essays, one-act plays, a full-length play, a feature-length screenplay, or a series bible with two one-hour episodes, or a full-length cross-genre work.

You will also have the opportunity to intern at New Letters magazine, Fiction/Non/Fiction Podcast at Lit Hub, or Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Learn more about how studying creative writing could change your life by viewing this short video featuring alumni and faculty from the UMKC M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program.

Application Process

January 15 is the deadline for fall semester admission. Be sure to allow enough time for all of the materials to arrive by the deadline. When you complete your online application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Academic information, including institutions attended, degrees earned, GPA, foreign language experience, honors and awards, and relevant work experience
  2. Writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing abilities. A sample in a single emphasis area (no more than 10 pages for poetry; no more than 30 pages for all other disciplines: fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting or screenwriting) is required (poems [6-10] or stories, essays, novel chapters, or dramatic-work excerpts)
  3. Statement of purpose that describes the applicant’s academic and professional objectives. In an essay of 500 to 600 words, applicants should discuss in detail their interest in their emphasis area (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting or screenwriting), and their experience and goals in the area
  4. Three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s readiness for graduate study written by three professors or others who know the applicant’s abilities and potential well (provide email addresses and recommenders will receive instructions to upload letters)
  5. Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (mail to UMKC Office of Admissions, 5100 Rockhill Road, 120 Administrative Center, 64110)
  6. Graduate Teaching Assistantship application materials, if applying, including a 250-500 word teaching statement addressing the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for teaching, and an academic writing sample from an upper-level college course (upload files)