Admission is competitive and applicants must satisfy the requirements of both the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program. Primary emphasis will be placed on the creative manuscript in all applications. Approximately 8 – 10 students in the genres of poetry and fiction each and 2 – 4 students in creative non-fiction are admitted each year. These numbers are inclusive for both the M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs. For further information, call 713-743-301 4or 713-743-3015.


In order to apply to the Creative Writing Program, you’ll need to complete the University of Houston Graduate School Application online: UH Graduate School Application.

In addition to completing the online application, the following documents are required:

  • Copies of official transcripts with degree(s) posted by each of the colleges and/or universities you have attended in the past – posted to online application.
  • Two (2) official transcripts (sealed in the issuing envelope) from every institution of higher education attended (one set should be sent to the CWP, one set to the UH Admissions Office).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from teachers or professionals familiar with your writing and academic skills. Letters will be solicited by the UH Admissions Office electronically.
  • Official GRE test scores. Official ETS copy of the report is required and should be sent to the University of Houston – Main Campus [institution code 6870]. No department code is needed and indicating one will slow down the application process. Note: Scores take 4 – 6 weeks to reach the university for official verification. Please plan your test date accordingly. Applicant without GRE scores will not be offered admission.
  • An original creative manuscript (maximum 10 pages of poetry or 20 – 25 pages of fiction or non-fiction). Fiction and non-fiction manuscripts should be double-spaced, on numbered, single-sided pages: poetry can be single-paced and formatted as desired. Note: Submitting more than the recommended amount is strongly discouraged and could adversely affect the evaluation process.
  • A critical manuscript (Ph.D. Candidates only). Provide a scholarly paper written for a literature course.
  • A personal statement. In 1,000 words or less, state why you wish to pursue graduate study in creative writing: which writers in your genre you are reading and their import to you and your work: and whether you have taught before and intend to pursue teaching as a career.

(Please note: You may apply in more than one genre, but in order to do so you must send separate application packets and application fees for each genre. The applications will be reviewed by different faculty members for each genre.)


The application deadline is December 15th.

Decisions on applications are usually made by the end of March.


$75 application fee is payable by credit/debit card or electronic check. Payment is due upon completion of the online application.