Creative Writing and Environment


Iowa State University’s three-year MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment cultivates in its students an interdisciplinary approach to research and writing. The program's unique design allows writers to develop a heightened environmental imagination that finds expression in quality, publishable works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The program is designed to prepare students for careers as writers, teachers, editors, and environmental educators. The MFA degree requires 54 hours of graduate credit: a core of creative writing courses, a book-length thesis (6 credits), experiential environmental fieldwork (3 credits), and 12 credits in disciplines other than English (such as Landscape Architecture, Anthropology, Environmental Science, among many others) relevant to an individual student's research interests and thesis project.

Ph.D. Offered: None

Master's Offered: Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Online Degrees: None

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Teresa Smiley
Phone: 515-294-2477
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: January 5 once per year for fall semester entry only

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

1. Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing application information
2. Three letters of recommendation (LOR)
3. Curriculum vitae/resume
4. Statement of purpose and personal goals
5. Writing samples according to our guidelines
6. All nonnative speaking applicants must provide audio/video of spontaneous spoken English emailed to NOTE: May NOT be required to submit English proficiency scores below (Intl applicant instructions--click HERE).

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
PTE 68

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

English Department
Graduate Studies Program, 203 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1201