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The MFA offers talented writers the opportunity to develop skills as fiction writers or poets in a formal academic setting. Our program requires three years to complete, during which time students produce a book-length manuscript of creative work. The program also offers valuable professional development experience in literary publishing, as well as a background in Literature. 



  • About 90% of our recent incoming students were offered full funding in the form of Instructional Assistantships and scholarships. 


  • Our program enrolls approximately 70 students between the Fiction and Poetry tracks, over 75 percent of whom are from out of state.


  • Students live in San Marcos and in Austin, which is 30 minutes from campus.


  • Given that the M.F.A. program at Texas State is a studio/academic program, hundreds of our graduates have secured teaching jobs at various universities and colleges. They have also published several hundred books. 


  • M.F.A. students also staff Porter House Review, the program's new literary journal (debuting Fall 2018), which will feature established and emerging writing from around the world. Working for the publication will allow students to gain experience as editors, work with visiting instructors from across the publishing industry, and earn up to six credit hours for their work.


If you have any questions about application procedures, please feel free to contact Stanislav Rivkin, MFA Coordinator, at, or call 512.245.7681.