Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Poetry


The application deadline is December 15, 2023.

Begin your online application

MFA Information Sheet

Required Application Materials

Writing Sample

Upload a writing sample of fiction or poetry.  Up to thirty pages in fiction or twelve pages in poetry.  The committee reads the sample writing with great interest so submit work that reflects your best work. No manuscripts can be returned, and applicants should retain copies of all work submitted.


The statement of purpose gives the committee a sense of the writer or poet’s intentions and how they hope to meet them within our program. This statement isn’t just about why you want to be a writer, but how being in a community of writers and working with faculty and your peers will help you develop your life as a writer or poet. Next to the writing sample, this statement is of greatest interest to the committee.

Diversity Statement

This statement gives the faculty a sense of how diversity and inclusion relate to your writing life. 

Three Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to the applicant’s potential as a writer and a student. 

Official Transcripts

You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts through the online application for application review purposes. If you are admitted, official transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions.

Please request official transcripts of all academic work to be sent to:

Chantel Acevedo
Director of Creative Writing
Department of English
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248145
Coral Gables FL 33124

All graduate applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must submit official transcripts and diplomas for evaluation.


While it is recommended that applicants have an undergraduate major in English, the program does not discourage applicants from other undergraduate disciplines. Regardless of their undergraduate major, applicants should have a 3.2 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale.