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Creative Writing, M.F.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Expand your knowledge and hone your craft with our fully funded, three-year master’s degree in creative writing, which combines the intimacy of a small program with visits by renowned authors from around the world.

Our dynamic MFA program provides a rigorous yet nurturing community where aspiring writers can compose, experiment, learn and evolve. You’ll have the chance to work with stellar faculty, which includes winners of the National Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, the Berkshire Prize and the Iowa Poetry Prize (to name only a few).

Program Highlights

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    Internationally Recognized Faculty

    Learn from our diverse and dynamic faculty of inspiring teachers, dedicated mentors and award-winning writers.

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    World-Class Visiting Authors

    Engage with renowned authors from around the world through the Open Book as well as our Fall Literary Festival and other series.

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    Split P

    Hone your teaching skills and ignite a love of writing in young learners by visiting local public schools as a Split P fellow.

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    Cola Literary Review

    Support and promote new literary work by established and emerging authors by editing our annual print journal.

What You’ll Study

Popular experiences include Fiction and Poetry workshops as well as our annual literary events. Study literature, theory of teaching composition, and electives while completing a book-length MFA project with the mentorship of faculty. Graduates have gone on to careers as authors and agents, in publishing and on the faculty at universities.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Writing

    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports


    Thinking imaginatively, generating original ideas and expressing unique perspectives through art and innovation

    Aesthetic and Conceptual Awareness

    Cultivating an understanding of artistic and abstract concepts, enhancing appreciation for beauty and creative expression

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Poet
  • Fiction Writer
  • Creative Writing Professor
  • Editor
  • Literary Agent
  • Journalist / Essayist

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Writer and Editor
  • Poetry Fellow
  • English Teacher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Communications Specialist
  • Freelance Writer

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $76,434

Workplace Settings

  • Literary Journals and Magazines
  • Small or Large Presses
  • Literary Agencies
  • Freelance Writing
  • Journalism / Commentary
  • Higher Education

Employers of Alumni

  • Yemassee Journal
  • Tulsa Artist Fellowship
  • Editorial Consulting
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Word Life Editorial

Faculty members in the creative writing program are generous with their time and advice, while taking a light hand in shaping your experience. I have the guidance I need while being able to make my own decisions and explorations.

Cole McInerney
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