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.
- Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
- Demonstrate understanding of craft and professional practice through coursework, workshops, and completion of refined imaginative literary manuscripts in multiple genres
- Identify, research, and examine—through coursework, fieldwork, and literary practice—the natural world and the environmental imagination
- Broaden and deepen understanding of literary and theoretical traditions of the major genres and the methodologies of craft analysis and practice
- Broaden and deepen understanding of the cultural and natural environment through significant coursework in environmental courses available at Iowa State University both within and beyond the MFA program and English Department
- Design, write, workshop, refine, and defend a significant body of publishable- or production-quality imaginative writing, including a full-length thesis manuscript, which demonstrates professional understanding and application of craft and technique, literary tradition, and the environmental imagination
- Gain practical training and experience in creating and fostering a healthy literary community and sustaining a professional life in letters through teaching and research assistantships and internships, literary journal editorial internships and positions, as well as land stewardship, reading series, and other outreach opportunities
Contact: Teresa Smiley
Graduate Studies Program, 203 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1201
Graduate College Requirements:Program Specific Requirements:
- 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
- Academic Records/Transcripts
- Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
- Proof of English Proficiency.
- 1. Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing application information
- 2. Three letters of recommendation (LOR)
- 3. Application for Teaching Assistantship statement
- 4. Portfolio
- 5. All nonnative speaking applicants must provide an audio/video of spontaneous spoken English emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NOTE: Nonnative speakers of English may NOT be required to submit English proficiency test scores (see below). Review downloadable Graduate Application Instructions document.
- Program Requires GRE: No
- Program Requires GMAT: No
- Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
- Financial Statement: Application
- English Proficiency Minimum:
TOEFL Paper (PBT) 587 TOEFL Internet (iBT) 95 IELTS 7 PTE 68 Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 115
- January 5 (once per year for fall semester entry only).
This program is open to domestic and international students.