Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Through a program of study that includes a rigorous combination of creative writing workshops, literature coursework, environmental fieldwork experience, interdisciplinary study in courses other than English, and intensive one-on-one work with a mentor (‘major professor’), our MFA program offers gifted writers an original and intensive opportunity to document, meditate on, mourn, and celebrate the complexities of our transforming natural world.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama

Residency type


Program length

54 credits (3 years)

Financial Aid

Fellowships and TAships are available for qualified students.

Teaching opportunities

Assistantships are awarded to students on a competitive basis. These assistantships are usually available only to students who have been granted full or provisional admission to the Graduate College. Students on restricted admission status may be eligible to hold assistantships, but such awards can be made only on a semester-by-semester basis. Assistantships are not available to students on non-degree status. Assistantships include monthly stipends for 9 months during the academic year (summer appointments are separate), tuition scholarships, and health insurance benefits.


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