Eastern Oregon University

College of Arts and Sciences

Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing


One University Boulevard

La Grande, OR 97850

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Eastern Oregon University Low Residency MFA Program offers degrees in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction,and Wilderness Writing. A two-year, 60-credit hour program, June and October residencies are held on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande. Small, 5-7 student workshops facilitated by award-winning faculty, as well as one-on-one faculty mentor advising with each student combines creative nurturing and academic rigor while building a community of writers. Intensive study, writing, interaction, discussion, and tutorials take place in workshops, genre seminars, and lectures, augmented by faculty and visiting writer readings, student and graduate readings. All students participate in self-designed literary outreach projects in their home communities while students in the MFA, in practica that stem from the literary outreach coursework students complete in the first summer residency. Because the MFA degree in Creative Writing supports a variety of practical, professional, and artistic applications, all students in EOU’s program will have the opportunity to choose from an array of lectures during the residencies: editing and publishing, wilderness writing, book arts and design, literary translation, digital communication. If you value the real West over the resort town West, cherish a natural setting ringed by mountains and wilderness in which to concentrate on your creativity, and relish the opportunity to build a lasting community of working writers in which you are an essential part, then join us in the low residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.


No accreditation is required for this program. Associate Writing Programs (AWP) is the professional organization overseeing the standards of MFA programs in Creative Writing, including on-line/on-site MFA programs, and this proposal is based on those published standards. The hallmarks of a successful on-line/on-site program are “a rigorous curriculum, accomplished writers as teachers, talented students, strong administrative support, and the infrastructure and complimentary assets that distinguish a generally excellent academic institution” such as EOU.

International Student Requirements:

International students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in English via transcripted coursework from accredited institutions, via the writing portfolio, and via letters of reference.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 309 in state, 364 out of state USD

In State Tuition (per year): 18540 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 21840 USD

Classification: Master's College or University II

Locale: Remote Rural Area

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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