The MFA/MA Combined Degree in Creative Writing & Literature

 The M.F.A./M.A. Combined Degree in Creative Writing & Literature gives you the opportunity to work toward an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a group of talented and dedicated creative writers, while at the same time working with published theorists and literary scholars to get the M.A..

By carefully coordinating your Literature and Creative Writing courses, you receive the combined M.F.A./M.A. degree in the same time it normally takes to receive the M.F.A. alone.

Combined M.F.A./M.A. Degree—Program Requirements


Applications for the combined degree will be 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.

Application Deadline: January 15th 2019

There are two steps to submit your application:

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

1) UAF graduate application
2) Resumé
3) Creative Writing Sample (see below)
4) Scholarly Writing Sample (see below)
5) 2-3 page Statement of Goals (see below)
6) Contact information for 3 references (These references will be sent an email with link for submitting letters).
7) GRE Scores. (Please note: While the GRE is no longer required for the MFA, GRE scores are required for the MA portion of the application).

Additionally, official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution(s) via mail or a secure electronic transcript service.

2. Complete and submit the following directly to English Department at

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

Writing Sample Guidelines
Creative Writing Sample: The M.F.A. Program would like to read your best work, in the genre you are applying for. It is acceptable (but not common) to submit work in more than one genre. Submit  between 25 to 40 pages of prose or 15 to 20 pages of poetry.

Scholarly Writing Sample: Send 20 to 25 pages of your best scholarly work.

Statement of Goals
In 600-1000 words, please 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, please express your interest and experience in teaching writing courses at the university level.

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

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