Following are top universities offering MFA Creative Writing programs:

The University of Virginia
- The Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing is ranked 4th among the nation's top 20 creative writing programs by U.S. News and World Report (1997).
- The Creative Writing program is placed among the nation's top five in the Atlantic Monthly's summer Fiction issue 2007

Indiana University, Bloomington
- Indiana University's Creative Writing Program in the Department of English is ranked among the top in the nation (Rated 12th), according to the November/December issue of Poets and Writers Magazine (2010).
- It offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in fiction and poetry. The M.F.A. is a three-year, 60 credit hour program.
- Indiana University was among the first North American universities to grant a creative writing MA.

Florida State University
- FSU is ranked in the top ten MFA programs and the top five PhD programs in the country (Atlantic Monthly, 2006).
- The Creative Writing Program is affiliated with FSU's top-ranked schools of Film and Theatre.

University of California, Irvine
- UCI's master of fine arts program is highly regarded as one of top creative writing programs in the country.
- Atlantic Monthly’s 2007 fiction issue commends UC Irvine’s master of fine arts creative writing program as one of the country’s top ten.
- The M.F.A. program is lauded for having some of the most notable alumni including Pulitzer-Prize winners Michael Chabon and Richard Ford, etc.

San Diego State University
- SDSU was the second MFA Creative Writing program in California, established in 1989.
- Ranked in Top 10 Creative Writing Programs on the West Coast by U.S. News and Report.

University of New Hampshire, Durham
- UNH has been ranked as one of the top 50 programs (Rated 42nd) in the nation by Poets and Writers (2010).
- Within the MFA program, the creative nonfiction program was ranked 7th in the nation, the poetry program was ranked 39th, and the fiction program was ranked 40th.

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