About the MFA Program

Application deadline for the admission to the M.F.A. program for the 2015-16 academic year is January 15, 2016.


Thank you for your interest in our program. Below you'll find some of the reasons to consider making LSU your choice for the MFA in Creative Writing


Detailed information about our program can be found on our Current Students MFA page and also in the Graduate Student Guidelines Handbook.

LSU funds all students accepted to the program, offering teaching assistantships and a tuition waiver for out-of-state students. Currently, the stipends are $16,500 if entering with a B.A. and $17,000 if entering with a MA. MFA candidates at LSU on teaching assistantships teach only one class a semester.

Our faculty members are nationally-prominent writers and the ratio of students to faculty is excellent. We teach screenwriting, writing for the stage, and nonfiction, as well as poetry and fiction—and students are encouraged to take workshops in all genres. LSU has an extraordinary English Department, and LSU Press has made important contributions to American poetry and fiction. The MFA program offers opportunities to gain editorial experience by working for our many magazines and publications, The New Delta Review and The Southern Review.


The cultural excitement of Louisiana should not be underestimated. Celebrations of the literary arts (with major writers) take place every year, and there are many readings, on and off campus, with local and visiting writers. For just a taste, see the web page for Readers & Writers.


Baton Rouge is easy to live in, with the amazing food and music Louisiana is famous for. Neighboring towns host scores of local festivals, and don't forget Mardi Gras! The LSU campus, known for its lush foliage and massive live oaks, provides a serene and beautiful environment for creative work.


Please feel free to contact Laura Mullen, MFA Director, Randolph Thomas, MFA Coordinator, and Dr. Michelle Massé, Director of Graduate Studies, at our addresses below.

To submit your application, apply online through the graduate school, gradlsu.gs.lsu.edu, > prospective students > apply online. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Ashley Thibodeaux by email or by phone at (225) 578-5922, or write to us at:

    The English Department/Creative Writing Program
    211-A Allen Hall
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803


    Laura Mullen, Director of Creative Writing

    Randolph Thomas, Coordinator of Creative Writing

   Michelle Massé, Director of Graduate Studies

Best of luck with your decision!


Note: You may also click the links on the left to view our requirements and learn more about the admission process.