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 10725 10600 7850 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA MD
Indiana University 8475 9850 7100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA IN
University of Virginia 7700 8300 7100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA VA
Iowa Writers Workshop 7700 9820 3650 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA IA
University of Cincinnati 7242 9100 5766 6100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD OH
University of Arizona 7100 7850 2600 10850 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA AZ
Ohio State University 6600 1975 2100 3100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
University of Texas, James Michener Center 6350 5433 1683 183 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Screenwriting MFA TX
Florida State University 6100 2600 2766 933 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA, PhD FL
Purdue University 5350 3850 1475 225 Fiction, Poetry MFA IN
University of Houston 5162 2787 1850 1412 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD TX
University of Minnesota 4766 5600 3350 5350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MN
Syracuse University 4766 5933 2100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA NY
University of Iowa 4600 100 100 4600 CNF MFA, PhD IA
University of North Carolina Greensboro 4500 4500 4100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA NC
Arizona State University 4350 3475 975 225 Fiction, Poetry MFA AZ
Warren Wilson College 4300 3766 5100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA NC
University of Wisconsin Madison 4266 3600 933 266 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA WI
Boston University 4155 4900 2725 0 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MFA MA
University of Idaho 4100 1766 4433 6100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA ID
University of Michigan 3918 2645 1281 190 Fiction, Poetry MFA MI
University of Pittsburgh 3700 2100 2100 7433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA PA
University of Florida 3645 6300 1433 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA FL
Ohio University 3475 1433 3100 5766 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD OH
University of California Irvine 3433 2350 1100 183 Fiction, Poetry MFA CA
University of Southern California 3266 4100 2433 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF PhD CA
Cornell University 2933 1600 988 544 Fiction, Poetry MFA, PhD NY
Brown University 2869 1715 715 638 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Multimedia MFA RI
University of Southern Mississippi 2827 3814 1100 0 Fiction, Poetry MA, PhD MS
Vanderbilt University 2766 1766 1100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA TN
University of Oregon 2700 1400 1400 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA OR
Florida International University 2655 3350 1766 2600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA FL
University of Montana 2633 2242 1700 5100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MT
University of Mississippi 2475 100 4600 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA MS
University of Massachusetts Amherst 2450 2544 2200 4100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MA
Brooklyn College 2447 3946 300 0 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MFA NY
University of Nebraska Lincoln 2412 1600 600 725 MA, PhD NE
Notre Dame University 2350 2100 2350 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IN
Bowling Green State University 2300 2900 1700 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA OH
Northern Michigan University 2266 5100 3100 4600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MI
University of Maryland, College Park 2225 475 1725 225 Fiction, Poetry MFA MD
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2225 1350 3100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA IL
University of New Mexico 2225 850 225 1350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NM
Virginia Commonwealth University 2100 100 4433 1600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
Bennington College 2020 940 320 960 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VT
Hollins University 2016 1600 183 350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
Iowa State University 2000 1200 600 1400 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA IA
University of Colorado 1975 2900 100 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CO
Louisiana State University 1975 975 475 725 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Screenwriting MFA LA
Washington University St Louis 1966 966 766 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MO
Vermont College of Fine Arts 1950 583 300 1350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA VT
University of Miami 1766 1600 266 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA FL
University of Alabama 1750 800 550 750 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA AL
New York University 1733 950 700 316 Fiction, Poetry MA, MFA NY
Boise State University 1700 1700 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA ID
University of Utah 1600 350 1016 641 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD UT
University of Washington 1600 500 700 600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
McNeese State University 1600 1475 225 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA LA
Colorado State University 1600 766 183 850 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, MFA CO
University of Wyoming 1544 1544 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WY
Virginia Tech 1433 100 100 1433 Fiction, Poetry MFA VA
University of Alaska Fairbanks 1385 385 528 671 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA AK
Columbia University 1366 700 433 448 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
Western Michigan University 1350 766 516 266 Fiction, Poetry MFA, PhD MI
Texas State University 1300 1200 200 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA TX
Emerson College 1277 522 100 855 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA MA
University of Illinois 1266 1266 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA IL
University of Texas Austin 1242 671 671 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA TX
Oregon State University 1242 600 100 742 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OR
Spalding University 1230 885 850 2500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting MA, MFA KY
George Mason University 1100 1016 350 2500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
Texas Tech University 1100 513 341 755 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD TX
University of California Davis 1100 516 683 100 Fiction, Poetry MA CA
Western Kentucky University 1100 100 100 1100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA KY
University of Nevada Las Vegas 1100 2100 100 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD NV
University of South Carolina 1100 2100 100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA SC
West Virginia University 1100 100 1100 2100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WV
San Francisco State University 1100 721 370 289 Fiction, Poetry MA, MFA CA
Hunter College 1044 988 100 155 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
University of New Orleans 1033 733 233 266 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA LA
Butler University 1016 100 1766 3100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IN
California State University Fresno 1009 100 100 2600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
University of Missouri St Louis 1000 1900 100 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA MO
New Mexico State University 1000 1000 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MA, MFA NM
Brigham Young University 1000 100 600 500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA UT
University of New Hampshire 988 600 155 433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NH
Florida Atlantic University 957 1300 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA FL
Eastern Washington University 950 988 528 1600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
University of Missouri Columbia 946 484 433 228 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD MO
University of Toronto 933 100 100 272 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MA ON
Rutgers University Camden 933 933 100 1766 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NJ
Northwestern University 900 500 100 500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, MFA IL
University of South Florida 877 2433 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Graphic Novel MFA FL
Miami University 877 2433 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
University of North Carolina Wilmington 827 100 100 827 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NC
University of California Riverside 822 433 322 266 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA CA
Minnesota State University Mankato 822 488 100 433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA MN
Sarah Lawrence College 792 392 315 284 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
Rutgers University Newark 787 725 162 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NJ
American University 766 433 350 266 Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting MFA DC
Western Washington University 766 350 100 1766 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
Queens University of Charlotte 744 544 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA NC
University of Arkansas 742 600 242 171 Fiction, Poetry, Translation MFA AR
University of California San Diego 725 725 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA CA
New School University 721 257 278 384 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA NY
University of Southern Maine 708 100 1100 2877 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Popular Fiction MFA ME
Georgia College and State University 700 1350 100 433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA GA
North Carolina State University 671 528 814 0 Fiction, Poetry MFA NC
University of Denver 651 444 272 134 Fiction, Poetry, CNF PhD CO
Georgia State University 633 633 100 366 Fiction, Poetry MFA, PhD GA
University of Kansas 600 600 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MFA, PhD KS
Sam Houston State University 600 100 600 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA TX
Chatham University 578 211 900 1211 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MA, MFA PA
Antioch University 577 300 400 1100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA CA
University of Georgia 548 548 100 203 Fiction, CNF MFA, PhD GA
Queens College 544 1100 100 0 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Translation MFA NY
Pacific Lutheran University 525 175 200 350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
Sierra Nevada College 500 100 100 500 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NV
Goucher College 500 100 100 500 CNF MFA MD
Converse College 475 100 100 475 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA SC
University of Central Florida 457 457 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA FL
University of North Texas 455 144 100 411 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD TX
Temple University 433 433 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA PA
Seattle Pacific University 433 100 100 433 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA WA
Old Dominion University 433 700 1600 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA VA
Chicago State University 400 100 100 400 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IL
Pacific University 400 300 180 120 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OR
NYU Writers Workshop in Paris 400 400 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NY
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 400 220 220 160 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD WI
Institute of American Indian Arts 400 200 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA NM
University of Illinois at Chicago 400 233 200 166 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, PhD IL
University of British Columbia 390 100 100 390 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting, Translation, Lyric and libretto, Radio drama, Graphic Novel MFA BC
Columbia College 377 127 100 350 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IL
New College of California 375 100 375 100 CA
University of Tennessee 366 166 300 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA, PhD TN
Goddard College 366 133 166 266 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting, Graphic Novel MFA VT
Penn State University 341 237 168 134 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA PA
Hamline University 340 100 220 220 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MFA MN
Portland State University 340 340 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OR
Northern Arizona University 330 100 100 1100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA AZ
University of Louisiana Lafayette 306 100 100 306 MA, PhD LA
Western Colorado University 306 100 306 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA, MFA CO
SUNY Binghamton 306 203 237 134 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA MA, PhD NY
Ashland University 300 100 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
Wichita State University 300 300 100 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA KS
Northeast Ohio Consortium 300 100 100 300 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA OH
New England College 300 100 300 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NH
University of San Francisco 276 100 100 276 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
Fairfield University 273 100 100 600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA CT
Southern New Hampshire University 272 272 100 100
Concordia University Montreal 272 272 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MA Qu├ębec
Bard College 272 100 272 100 Fiction, Poetry, Multimedia MFA NY
Ball State University 272 100 100 272
Stonybrook University 260 260 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA NY
Fairleigh Dickinson University 260 100 100 260 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Translation MFA NJ
Mills College 250 100 528 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA CA
California Institute of the Arts 250 150 100 200 Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Multimedia MFA CA
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 240 450 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA, PhD OK
University of Guelph 237 237 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA Ontario
Long Island University 237 100 237 100
Mississippi State University 237 100 237 100 Fiction, Poetry MA MS
City College of New York 227 188 139 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA NY
National University 225 100 100 600 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA CA
Minnesota State University Moorhead 203 203 100 100
Rhode Island College 203 203 100 203 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA RI
University of New Brunswick 203 203 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, Drama MA, PhD New Brunswick
San Diego State University 200 150 150 100 Fiction, Poetry MFA CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 180 140 100 140 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA IL
University of Akron 168 100 100 168
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
University of Windsor 134 134 100 100 MA Ontario
Chico State University 134 100 134 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama MFA CA
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
San Jose State University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA CA
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
University of California Berkeley 100 100 100 100 MA CA
Eastern Michigan University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA MI
University of Kentucky 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MFA KY
SUNY Albany 100 100 100 100 MA, PhD NY
Lesley University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting MFA MA
SUNY Brockport 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF MA NY
Pine Manor College 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Graphic Novel MFA MA
Lindenwood University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Screenwriting MFA MO
University of New Orleans Low Residency 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting MFA LA
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
Naropa University 100 100 100 100 Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Translation MFA CO
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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