Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Expand your writing practice and refine your craft within the supportive community of Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Contact Us

MFA Office

401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone:
419-289-5098
Email: mfa@ashland.edu

The MFA Office is also home to The Ashland Poetry Press and the Black Fork Review.

Graduate Admissions

Call Us: 419.289.5738 or 1.800.882.1548 x5688

E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

Admissions

Admission

Admission is open to all qualified persons regardless of handicap, religion, race, creed, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Students seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts Program must:

  • complete an application
  • submit official transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was earned
  • submit writing sample (10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of prose)
    • fiction and creative nonfiction writing samples may be comprised of several shorter pieces or one longer piece totaling 20-25 double-spaced pages
    • poetry writing samples should have no more than one poem per page
    • writing samples may be uploaded within the online application or sent electronically to enroll-grad@ashland.edu
  • submit two letters of recommendation
    • letters of recommendation should be addressed to Christian Kiefer, Director
    • no form is necessary; a standard letter of recommendation is acceptable
  • submit a $30 application fee

Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be submitted to enroll-grad@ashland.edu or by mail to

Ashland University
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Angie Kessinger
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805

Admission is based on the following:

  • completed bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA above 2.75 (conditional acceptance for GPAs 2.25-2.75)
  • submission of 10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of prose deemed by the MFA faculty to be of sufficient quality for admittance to the program

Application Deadlines

The best way to enter our program is to start with the Summer Residency. Priority deadline is February 1. As long as space is available, new applications will be accepted until May 15th.

Online Semesters

Students may enter the program during the spring online semester, as well.

There is a priority deadline of September 15 for students interested in enrolling during the spring online semester. New applications for spring will be considered through December 1 as long as there is space available in the program. The semester begins in January.

Application Process

Start Your Application Now

After completing the application, send your official transcripts and other support materials to enroll-grad@ashland.edu or mail them to:

Ashland University
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Angie Kessinger
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805

Applicants may send letters of recommendation as they are ready for submission. If you are completing a hard copy application, you may email your writing sample to enroll-grad@ashland.edu.

Accepted students are required to make a one-time $150 enrollment deposit to secure their place in the program. The deposit is credited toward their tuition.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Graduate Admissions at 419.289.5738 or grad-admissions@ashland.edu.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Information regarding financial aid for students in the Master of Fine Arts Program is posted on the Graduate School Financial Aid page.

2020-2021 Tuition Rates

AWP membership is included in tuition cost.

Tuition Schedule, Beginning Fall 2020

Year

Semester

Course

Cost

1 Summer English 501 $2,265
1 Fall English 631 $7,155
1 Spring English 632 $7,155
2 Summer English 502 $2,265
2 Fall English 633 $7,155
2 Spring English 701 $7,155
Final Residency Summer (End of 2nd Year) English 503 $2,265
Total 45 Credits $35,415

NOTE: Tuition rates are subject to change. We will do our best to inform you of these changes.

Residency Only Fees:

Individuals interested in attending the residency only are invited to apply as a non-degree student. Rates for non-degree students are the same as for degree-track students.

Additional Fees:

The Technology Fee ($15/credit hour) and Distance Education Fee ($20/credit hour) was added in the above tuition chart.

Meals and lodging during the residency are optional. For more information about room and board, visit Summer Residency Room and Board.

There is a $100 fee to graduate, which is charged by the Registrar's office.

Optional Cost for Use of Athletic Facilities

Note: During summer residencies, MFA students and faculty members may purchase a $20 two-week membership to the recreation center. This membership can be purchased the first day of the residency from the Sports Science and Recreation Center Help Desk.

Facilities include a 25-yard long pool, high dive, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, racquetball courts, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor soccer, track, rock climbing wall, simulated golf, ping pong, pool tables, etc.

Assistantships

A limited number of graduate publishing assistantships are available for poetry students in the Master of Fine Arts program who work with the Ashland Poetry Press.

Graduate publishing assistantships are available to students who have taken ENG 631: Mentorship I and have selected poetry as their primary genre. Students are chosen for assistantships during the fall semester; decisions are based on faculty recommendations and a cover letter sent to the managing editor of Ashland Poetry Press.

News

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our program newsletter includes information about coming events, deadlines, and opportunities, as well as news from our faculty, students, and alumni.

Sign up here.

View our most recent issue.

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Social Media

Request Info

Thank you for your interest in Ashland University! Please use the link below to request more information about our programs.

Contact Us

Contact Us

MFA Office

401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone:
419-289-5098
Email: mfa@ashland.edu

The MFA Office is also home to The Ashland Poetry Press and the Black Fork Review.

Graduate Admissions

Call Us: 419.289.5738 or 1.800.882.1548 x5688

E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

Admissions

Admissions

Admission

Admission is open to all qualified persons regardless of handicap, religion, race, creed, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Students seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts Program must:

  • complete an application
  • submit official transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was earned
  • submit writing sample (10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of prose)
    • fiction and creative nonfiction writing samples may be comprised of several shorter pieces or one longer piece totaling 20-25 double-spaced pages
    • poetry writing samples should have no more than one poem per page
    • writing samples may be uploaded within the online application or sent electronically to enroll-grad@ashland.edu
  • submit two letters of recommendation
    • letters of recommendation should be addressed to Christian Kiefer, Director
    • no form is necessary; a standard letter of recommendation is acceptable
  • submit a $30 application fee

Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be submitted to enroll-grad@ashland.edu or by mail to

Ashland University
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Angie Kessinger
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805

Admission is based on the following:

  • completed bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA above 2.75 (conditional acceptance for GPAs 2.25-2.75)
  • submission of 10-15 pages of poetry or 20-25 pages of prose deemed by the MFA faculty to be of sufficient quality for admittance to the program

Application Deadlines

The best way to enter our program is to start with the Summer Residency. Priority deadline is February 1. As long as space is available, new applications will be accepted until May 15th.

Online Semesters

Students may enter the program during the spring online semester, as well.

There is a priority deadline of September 15 for students interested in enrolling during the spring online semester. New applications for spring will be considered through December 1 as long as there is space available in the program. The semester begins in January.

Application Process

Start Your Application Now

After completing the application, send your official transcripts and other support materials to enroll-grad@ashland.edu or mail them to:

Ashland University
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Angie Kessinger
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805

Applicants may send letters of recommendation as they are ready for submission. If you are completing a hard copy application, you may email your writing sample to enroll-grad@ashland.edu.

Accepted students are required to make a one-time $150 enrollment deposit to secure their place in the program. The deposit is credited toward their tuition.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Graduate Admissions at 419.289.5738 or grad-admissions@ashland.edu.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Information regarding financial aid for students in the Master of Fine Arts Program is posted on the Graduate School Financial Aid page.

2020-2021 Tuition Rates

AWP membership is included in tuition cost.

Tuition Schedule, Beginning Fall 2020

Year

Semester

Course

Cost

1 Summer English 501 $2,265
1 Fall English 631 $7,155
1 Spring English 632 $7,155
2 Summer English 502 $2,265
2 Fall English 633 $7,155
2 Spring English 701 $7,155
Final Residency Summer (End of 2nd Year) English 503 $2,265
Total 45 Credits $35,415

NOTE: Tuition rates are subject to change. We will do our best to inform you of these changes.

Residency Only Fees:

Individuals interested in attending the residency only are invited to apply as a non-degree student. Rates for non-degree students are the same as for degree-track students.

Additional Fees:

The Technology Fee ($15/credit hour) and Distance Education Fee ($20/credit hour) was added in the above tuition chart.

Meals and lodging during the residency are optional. For more information about room and board, visit Summer Residency Room and Board.

There is a $100 fee to graduate, which is charged by the Registrar's office.

Optional Cost for Use of Athletic Facilities

Note: During summer residencies, MFA students and faculty members may purchase a $20 two-week membership to the recreation center. This membership can be purchased the first day of the residency from the Sports Science and Recreation Center Help Desk.

Facilities include a 25-yard long pool, high dive, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, racquetball courts, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor soccer, track, rock climbing wall, simulated golf, ping pong, pool tables, etc.

Assistantships

Assistantships

A limited number of graduate publishing assistantships are available for poetry students in the Master of Fine Arts program who work with the Ashland Poetry Press.

Graduate publishing assistantships are available to students who have taken ENG 631: Mentorship I and have selected poetry as their primary genre. Students are chosen for assistantships during the fall semester; decisions are based on faculty recommendations and a cover letter sent to the managing editor of Ashland Poetry Press.

News

News

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our program newsletter includes information about coming events, deadlines, and opportunities, as well as news from our faculty, students, and alumni.

Sign up here.

View our most recent issue.

View previous campaigns.

Social Media

Request Info

Request Info

Thank you for your interest in Ashland University! Please use the link below to request more information about our programs.

 

MFA graduate student wearing an Ashland University shirt

Program Overview

Study poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction (includes science fiction/fantasy), and feel free to cross genres.

MFA instructor teaching students

Curriculum

Take a look at our rigorous mentorship structure and course descriptions.

Ashland University MFA Faculty

Faculty

Our mentors work closely and compassionately with each student within small cohorts.

MFA student working outside on her writing during the summer residence

Summer Residency

Residencies are integral to the MFA experience: it is a time of vibrant community building as you work closely with expert faculty and supportive peers.

Students in lecture hall during the Summer Reading Series

Summer Reading Series

Community events include readings, craft seminars, and panel talks.

Photo of Paris, France with Eiffel Tower at sunset

Residency in Paris

Participate in a ten-day residency abroad, exploring the beautiful city of Paris through the eyes of a writer.

Black Fork Review

Work in Publishing

Graduate assistants work as editors for the Ashland Poetry Press; other MFA students also serve as editors for Black Fork Review.

About #AshlandMFA

Hear from some of our students and graduates about Ashland University's MFA program.

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Christian Services