Rankings

This is an attempt at creating an objective ranking of graduate creative writing programs.

For further and more detailed information on how the scores are generated see the methodology page.

The List

Program Overall score Fiction score Poetry score CNF score Genres Degrees State
Johns Hopkins University 11975 11850 7600 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA MD
University of Virginia 10600 13100 8100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA VA
Iowa Writers Workshop 8565 10433 3994 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA IA
University of Arizona 7766 9350 2600 12350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA AZ
Florida State University 7433 3600 3600 433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA, PhD FL
Indiana University 7281 7100 7500 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IN
Ohio State University 6975 1537 2350 3662 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
University of Texas, James Michener Center 6850 5433 2100 350 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Screenwriting MFA TX
University of Florida 5372 9300 2100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA FL
University of Houston 5350 2725 1850 1662 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD TX
University of Minnesota 5183 8100 2100 5350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MN
University of Iowa 4933 100 100 4933 CNF MFA, PhD IA
University of Southern California 4900 7100 3433 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF PhD CA
Arizona State University 4725 3600 1225 225 Fiction, Poetry MFA AZ
University of Wisconsin Madison 4600 3766 1100 266 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA WI
University of Pittsburgh 4433 655 988 2988 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA PA
Syracuse University 4433 5433 2766 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA NY
Boston University 4322 4700 3350 0 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MFA MA
Warren Wilson College 4272 4100 4516 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA NC
Ohio University 4225 1433 4100 7100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD OH
University of Michigan 3736 2236 1372 327 Fiction, Poetry MFA MI
University of Idaho 3544 1766 3433 5433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA ID
University of California Irvine 3516 2433 1100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA CA
Purdue University 3475 1975 1475 225 Fiction, Poetry MFA IN
University of North Carolina Greensboro 3350 3266 3433 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA NC
Cornell University 3211 1877 988 544 Fiction, Poetry MFA, PhD NY
Brown University 3023 2330 484 407 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Multimedia MFA RI
University of Mississippi 2850 1225 1600 225 Fiction, Poetry MFA MS
University of New Mexico 2850 975 225 1850 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NM
University of Oregon 2800 1400 1500 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA OR
University of Nebraska Lincoln 2787 1537 662 975 MA, PhD NE
University of Southern Mississippi 2736 3671 1100 0 Fiction, Poetry MA, PhD MS
University of Cincinnati 2600 1600 1100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD OH
Vanderbilt University 2600 1600 1100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA TN
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2350 1600 3100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA IL
University of Montana 2322 2475 1933 2600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MT
University of Massachusetts Amherst 2300 2322 1900 6100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MA
Bennington College 2300 980 220 1300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VT
Northern Michigan University 2266 766 100 1600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MI
Hollins University 2266 1766 433 350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
Virginia Commonwealth University 2225 433 3350 3100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
Brooklyn College 2143 3028 544 0 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MFA NY
Western Michigan University 2016 850 1100 266 Fiction, Poetry MFA, PhD MI
Iowa State University 2000 1200 600 1400 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA IA
University of Washington 2000 500 1000 700 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
Notre Dame University 2000 2100 1900 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IN
Bowling Green State University 2000 1300 500 400 Fiction, Poetry MFA OH
Washington University St Louis 1966 633 1233 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MO
Boise State University 1900 1900 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA ID
Florida International University 1850 2700 850 1766 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA FL
University of Utah 1808 558 850 641 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD UT
University of Nevada Las Vegas 1800 3300 300 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD NV
University of Missouri St Louis 1700 2300 1100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA MO
Vermont College of Fine Arts 1700 483 316 1216 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA VT
University of Wyoming 1655 1655 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WY
California State University Fresno 1638 100 100 5100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
University of Colorado 1600 1300 200 500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CO
Louisiana State University 1600 975 475 350 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Screenwriting MFA LA
University of Alabama 1600 750 250 950 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA AL
New York University 1583 816 750 250 Fiction, Poetry MA, MFA NY
Virginia Tech 1544 100 100 1544 Fiction, Poetry MFA VA
University of California Davis 1516 933 683 100 Fiction, Poetry MA CA
Emerson College 1500 611 166 922 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA MA
University of Maryland, College Park 1475 100 1350 225 Fiction, Poetry MFA MD
University of Arkansas 1457 742 814 171 Fiction, Poetry, Translation MFA AR
Columbia University 1455 818 492 381 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
Rutgers University Camden 1433 1933 100 1766 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NJ
University of South Carolina 1433 2100 1433 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA SC
Colorado State University 1433 516 266 850 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, MFA CO
University of Texas Austin 1385 814 671 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA TX
University of New Hampshire 1377 655 155 766 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NH
Oregon State University 1314 671 100 742 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OR
West Virginia University 1300 100 500 900 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WV
University of Illinois 1266 1266 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA IL
University of New Orleans 1133 766 233 333 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA LA
Eastern Washington University 1100 1100 850 1600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
Texas Tech University 1100 306 548 962 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD TX
University of Miami 1100 1100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA FL
Western Kentucky University 1100 100 100 1100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA KY
Rutgers University Newark 1100 1037 162 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NJ
University of Missouri Columbia 1074 535 458 279 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD MO
University of North Carolina Wilmington 1054 327 236 690 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NC
Butler University 1016 100 1766 3100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IN
Spalding University 1013 484 700 2700 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting MA, MFA KY
Sarah Lawrence College 1007 484 376 346 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
New Mexico State University 1000 1000 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MA, MFA NM
University of South Florida 988 2766 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Graphic Novel MFA FL
McNeese State University 975 850 225 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA LA
University of Southern Maine 969 366 1242 3211 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Popular Fiction MFA ME
Florida Atlantic University 957 1300 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA FL
University of Alaska Fairbanks 957 385 100 671 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA AK
University of Toronto 933 100 100 272 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MA ON
San Francisco State University 910 559 343 289 Fiction, Poetry MA, MFA CA
University of California Riverside 877 488 322 266 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA CA
Western Washington University 850 350 100 2600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
George Mason University 824 742 322 1766 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
University of Denver 824 617 272 134 Fiction, Poetry, CNF PhD CO
American University 766 433 350 266 Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting MFA DC
Miami University 766 2100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
Hunter College 766 711 100 155 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
Georgia State University 766 700 166 366 Fiction, Poetry MA, MFA, PhD GA
Texas State University 750 600 100 250 Fiction, Poetry MFA TX
San Jose State University 725 100 100 1350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA CA
University of California San Diego 725 725 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA CA
SUNY Binghamton 720 237 444 410 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MA, PhD NY
North Carolina State University 715 330 484 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NC
New School University 668 257 268 342 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA NY
Queens University of Charlotte 611 500 100 211 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA NC
Sam Houston State University 600 100 600 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA TX
Queens College 600 1100 100 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Translation MFA NY
Georgia College and State University 544 100 100 1433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA GA
Ashland University 540 100 100 540 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
Mills College 528 850 528 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
Pacific Lutheran University 525 300 200 225 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
Temple University 516 516 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA PA
Wichita State University 500 500 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA KS
Brigham Young University 500 100 100 500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA UT
Northeast Ohio Consortium 500 300 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
Northwestern University 500 100 100 500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, MFA IL
Minnesota State University Mankato 488 322 100 266 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MN
Converse College 475 100 100 475 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA SC
University of Illinois at Chicago 466 300 200 166 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD IL
University of British Columbia 463 100 100 372 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting, Translation, Lyric and libretto, Radio drama, Graphic Novel MFA BC
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 460 300 100 260 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IL
Antioch University 446 266 433 725 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA CA
Seattle Pacific University 433 100 100 433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
Pine Manor College 433 100 433 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MA
University of Alaska Anchorage 433 100 100 433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA AK
Goddard College 433 200 166 233 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting, Graphic Novel MFA VT
Chicago State University 400 100 100 400 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IL
NYU Writers Workshop in Paris 400 400 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NY
Old Dominion University 400 700 1100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
University of Tennessee 366 166 300 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA, PhD TN
Goucher College 366 100 100 366 CNF MFA MD
University of North Texas 366 144 100 322 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD TX
New England College 366 100 366 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NH
Hamline University 360 100 220 220 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA MN
Columbia College 350 127 100 322 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IL
Penn State University 341 306 100 134 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA PA
University of Georgia 341 341 100 203 Fiction, CNF MFA, PhD GA
University of New Brunswick 341 341 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MA, PhD New Brunswick
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 340 160 220 160 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD WI
Portland State University 340 340 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OR
University of San Francisco 335 129 100 305 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
Institute of American Indian Arts 333 133 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA NM
Pacific University 320 200 200 120 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OR
Northern Arizona University 314 100 100 850 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA AZ
University of Louisiana Lafayette 306 100 100 306 MA, PhD LA
Chico State University 306 100 306 306 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA CA
Western Colorado University 306 100 306 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, MFA CO
New College of California 306 100 306 100 CA
Sierra Nevada College 300 100 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NV
Chatham University 300 200 900 500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MA, MFA PA
California Institute of the Arts 300 150 150 200 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Multimedia MFA CA
Fairleigh Dickinson University 300 100 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Translation MFA NJ
Fairfield University 273 100 100 600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA CT
Concordia University Montreal 272 272 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MA Qu├ębec
Bard College 272 100 272 100 Fiction, Poetry, Multimedia MFA NY
City College of New York 266 227 139 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NY
Stonybrook University 260 260 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
University of Saskatchewan 242 100 100 242 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA SK
St Mary's College of California 242 242 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
Oklahoma State University 237 433 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD OK
Mississippi State University 237 100 237 100 Fiction, Poetry MA MS
National University 225 100 100 600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA CA
University of Tampa 220 220 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA FL
University of Kentucky 211 100 100 211 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA KY
Rhode Island College 203 203 100 203 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA RI
San Diego State University 200 150 150 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA CA
University of New Orleans Low Residency 200 100 100 200 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA LA
University of California Berkeley 168 100 168 100 MA CA
University of Central Oklahoma 166 100 100 166 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA OK
California College of the Arts 166 166 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
Naropa University 141 141 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Translation MFA CO
University of Windsor 134 134 100 100 MA Ontario
Texas A&M 134 134 100 134 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA TX
Savannah College of Art and Design 116 100 100 116 CNF MFA GA
Wilkes University 112 100 100 112 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, MFA PA
University of Guelph 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA Ontario
Southern New Hampshire University 100 100 100 100
University of Memphis 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA TN
University of Hawaii 100 100 100 100 MA, PhD HI
Middlebury College 100 100 100 100 Mlitt VT
Eastern Michigan University 100 100 100 100 MA MI
University of Kansas 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MFA, PhD KS
SUNY Albany 100 100 100 100 MA, PhD NY
Lesley University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting MFA MA
Minnesota State University Moorhead 100 100 100 100
Long Island University 100 100 100 100
University of Central Florida 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA FL
SUNY Brockport 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA NY
University of Akron 100 100 100 100
Lindenwood University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA MO
University of Connecticut 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MA, PhD CT
Creighton University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA NE
Ball State University 100 100 100 100
Drew University 100 100 100 100 Poetry MFA NJ
University of Massachusetts Boston 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA MA

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