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Application Requirements

  • College Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • 8-10 page (or longer) critical writing sample for all applicants 
  • a creative writing (15-20 pages) sample for applicants to the Creative Writing specialization
  • 700-word statement of purpose outlining your interest in our graduate program
  • 3 letters of recommendation. (Recommenders send their letters directly through the TTU Graduate School application portal via a prompt generated by the system)

 As a TTU graduate student, you will find exceptional academic breadth and specialization as well as an inclusive and diverse group of faculty and graduate students actively engaged in academic pursuits and in the broader Lubbock community. 

Join us in Lubbock, Texas, where you will bond with other graduate students through engaging coursework, exceptional pedagogical and teacher training in a nationally recognized first-year writing program, and a range of departmental organizations, service opportunities, and graduate certificate programs.

MA Funding

When you apply to our onsite MA program, you are automatically considered for funding. The funding for incoming students consists of a teaching position with a competitive stipend—guaranteed $15,500/year for two years—and partial tuition and fee waivers. Summer teaching/funding is also regularly available.

Concentration in Creative Writing

The M.A. with a specialization in Creative Writing is distinguished from the more traditional studio MFA in that it offers training in literary studies along with writing workshops. The program allows you to deepen your grasp of the broader historical and critical context of literature, which, in turn, informs your own writing. M.A. students share workshops and seminars with our doctoral students; their final portfolios and theses focus and highlight the mastery they've developed in two years of study—how to perfect the individual story, poem, or essay. Our M.A. in creative writing provides a fulfilling education in its own right; at the same time, it is an excellent preparation for continued study in MFA or doctoral programs.

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Dr. Curtis Bauer
Director of Creative Writing

Dr. Wyatt D. Phillips
Director of Graduate Studies