Advanced Standing MFA Program

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 Final reading
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Please Note: The Miami University Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing is no longer accepting applications.


The Advanced Standing Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is for students who have received a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing with a creative thesis.

Program Overview

In a little over a year students complete the requirements of the MFA, including a final book-length project. Students begin at a summer or winter residency and complete 22 credit hours during three residencies and two remote learning semesters working one on one with mentors; the other 20 hours of the standard 42 credit hour degree MFA program are awarded as credits from their MA in Creative Writing program.

Students meet with mentors to discuss plans for a final project at the end of their first residency and complete a rationale describing that project and a reading list of 20 works to inform it by the end of their first mentoring semester of remote learning. They are examined on the reading list during their second residency and complete their final project ahead of the final residency, where they present a reading from it.


Applications for the Advanced Standing Program require submission of an approved MA thesis, academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resumé, and a statement of purpose. The final project for the MFA must be a new manuscript of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.

Advanced Standing Program of Study 

Semester I 

ENG 631, Writing in the Genres: Residency I  | 4 hrs

ENG 634, Mentoring Semester I  | 5 hrs 


Semester II 

ENG 631, Writing in the Genres: Residency II | 4 hrs

ENG 635, Reading for Writing: Literary Forms | 4 hrs 

ENG 636: Mentoring Semester II  | 5 hrs


Final Residency

ENG 637: Final Residency | 0 hrs

Tuition and Fees

Semester I – 6,831
Semester II – 9,867
Final Residency – no charge

Total = 16,698