The MFA/MA Combined Degree in Creative Writing & Literature allows you to work toward an MFA in Creative Writing with a group of talented and dedicated creative writers, while at the same time working with published theorists and literary scholars toward your MA. By coordinating your Literature and Creative Writing courses, you receive the combined MFA/MA degree in the same time it normally takes to receive the MFA alone. This link details the program requirements for the combined M.F.A./M.A. Degree.

Further, the department offers graduate teaching assistantships, which are awarded on the basis of merit. Duties include teaching one section of freshman composition per semester and tutoring in the Writing Center. The stipend also carries a tuition waiver. MFA and MFA/MA students may receive up to three years of financial support through this program.

Applications for the combined degree are evaluated by MA and MFA faculty separately. You must be accepted into both degrees to enter the combined degree program. It is possible to be accepted into only one of the degree programs. Applications are due by January 15, 2019.

There are two steps to submit your application:

1. Online application:
To begin your application process, go to ( Here you will submit the following:

1) UAF graduate application
2) Résumé
3) Creative Writing Sample (see below)
4) Scholarly Writing Sample (see below)
5) Statement of Goals (see below)
6) Contact information for three references (your references will be sent an email with a link for submitting letters).

Additionally, official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution(s) via mail or a secure electronic transcript service. We do not require GRE results from applicants.

2. Teaching Assistantship form (submit directly to in the English Department):

1) UAF English Department Applicant Form
2) Teaching Statement (if applying for assistantship; see below)

Writing Sample Guidelines

Creative Writing Sample
The MFA Program would like to read your best work in the genre for which you’re applying. It is acceptable (but uncommon) to submit work in more than one genre. Please submit between 25 to 40 pages of prose or 15 to 20 pages of poetry.

Scholarly Writing Sample
Please submit 20 to 25 pages of your best scholarly work.

Statement of Goals
In 600-1,000 words, address your personal goals for graduate studies, including your current interests, writing projects and literary influences. Also include how your experience, skills, and intellectual outlook might make you an important part of our writing community.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy
In 300-500 words, express your interest and experience in teaching writing courses at the university level.

For more information contact:

Rich Carr, Department Chair
Department of English
(907) 474-6361


Daryl Farmer, Director of Creative Writing
Department of English
(907) 474-5307