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This directory of university creative writing programs includes MFA creative writing programs, and MA and PhD creative writing  programs. It is still being updated, and we'd appreciate hearing from you if you know of programs not yet listed. Whenever possible, links lead directly to the home page for the creative writing program.

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Alabama


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  • Auburn University
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Alabama

    MA in English
    The Creative Writing Graduate track offers an in-depth education in the writing and revising of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

  • University of Alabama
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Alabama

    MFA Program in Creative Writing
    The program leading to the master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing is a studio/academic course of study, designed to accommodate imaginative and intellectual diversity. All of our students are fully funded.

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
    • State Alabama

    MA in English
    Our program offers themes in Literature, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric and Composition. Students pursuing creative writing take a series of workshop classes to develop their skills as poets or writers of fiction or creative nonfiction. In creative writing workshops, the content of the course is literally generated by the students themselves.

  • University of North Alabama
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Alabama

    MA in Writing
    Graduate students can now obtain an MA in Writing. The program features three tracks in Creative Writing, Technical Writing, and Rhetoric/Composition.

  • University of South Alabama
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Alabama

    MA in English
    The Master of Arts degree program in English is designed to meet the needs both of students pursuing a MA to further their career and creative goals and of students pursuing an MA as they work toward the PhD and a career in university teaching. A graduate study in creative writing option is available to MA students.

Alaska


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  • University of Alaska Anchorage
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Alaska

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is a low-residency program in creative writing that emphasizes a literary approach to exploring and redefining relationships between people and place.

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Alaska

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The Master of Fine Arts program is a rigorous three-year residency combining in-depth study of literature with an intensive focus on fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing.

Arizona


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  • Arizona State University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Arizona

    MFA in Creative Writing
    At the core of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at ASU are small classes, intimate workshops and three semesters of practicum—one-on-one mentoring tailored to address your writing needs.

  • Northern Arizona University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    The MFA Program at Northern Arizona University allows you to live and write beneath the San Francisco Peaks in the beautiful, vibrant city of Flagstaff. Students focus on poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction and participate in intensive writing workshops with dedicated professors. We encourage students to take workshops in multiple genres and support hybrid, cross-genre work.

  • University of Arizona
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    Housed in a deeply literary city filled with literary magazines and small presses, our small, fully-funded program offers workshops and craft seminars in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry as part of an intensive instruction in literary craft and the study of literature from a writer’s perspective.

  • Wilkes University–Mesa
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    • Degree MFA, MA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State Arizona

    MA or MA/MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    At Wilkes, we focus on the craft and business of writing. We do this in a mentoring atmosphere that embraces one-on-one guidance while immersing you in a community of working writers.

Arkansas


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  • University of Arkansas
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Arkansas

    MFA in Creative Writing & Translation
    One of the nation’s oldest MFA Programs, and one of the “Top Five Most Innovative” (The Atlantic Monthly), we offer degree tracks in Fiction, Poetry and Literary Translation.

California


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  • Antioch University Santa Barbara
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State California

    MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media (low-res)
    Students learn the craft of professional storytelling. Whether you prefer writing for the page, the stage, the screen, or the microphone, you will discover how to use the fundamental elements of narrative to craft stories for a wide range of media settings such as print, film, television, video games, radio, and Internet.

  • California College of the Arts Low-Res
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • State California

    MFA in Comics (low-res)
    From memoir comics to literary graphic novels to web comics, our new MFA in Comics program connects you to the rich potential of this visual literary medium.

  • California Institute of Integral Studies
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MFA in Writing & Consciousness
    MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts

    The MFA program at CIIS offers an engaged, interdisciplinary curriculum in the heart of San Francisco. At CIIS, writers, visual artists, performance-makers and community-based artists work closely with a dedicated faculty of prominent artists and writers.

  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    An innovative and interdisciplinary creative writing program, designed for writers who seek to experiment with form and content in the remarkable laboratory for art making that is CalArts.

  • California State University, Chico
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MA in English
    The Master of Arts degree in English offers patterns in British and American Literature, Creative Writing, and Language and Literacy. The program is committed to advancing knowledge and creativity by nurturing a community of students, scholars, teachers, and creative writers.

  • California State University, East Bay
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State California

    MA in English
    The MA degree in English primarily focuses on British and American literature. With approval of specific department advisors, students may add a secondary concentration in Composition Studies or Creative Writing.

  • California State University, Fresno
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MFA Program in Creative Writing
    Located in the heart of California, the Fresno State MFA Program offers advanced training in the study of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. We are home to the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry and The Normal School literary magazine.

  • California State University, Long Beach
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MFA Creative Writing Program
    We offer full-time programs in fiction and poetry. While we currently do not offer teaching assistantships, a wide range of teaching opportunities are available to our graduate students.

  • California State University, Los Angeles
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MA in English
    The Master of Arts degree in English provides opportunities for advanced study in literature, criticism, language, creative writing, and composition and rhetoric.

  • California State University, Northridge
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State California

    MA in English
    The Department of English offers a wide variety of courses and program in the fields of literature, language, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing.

  • California State University, Sacramento
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MA in English
    Students in the creative writing concentration develop an ability to understand and express ideas through or in dialogue with literary forms; to write with a tone of authority; and to critique their own or each other’s works using the fundamental terminology of the craft.

  • Chapman University
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    • Degree MFA, MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MA in English/MFA in Creative Writing
    The dual degree combines the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and the M.A. in English. The dual degree combines the practice and study of creative writing with literary scholarship.

  • Dominican University of California
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    A unique low-residency program located in the vibrant community of the San Francisco Bay Area offering tracks in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and an emphasis in Narrative Medicine.

  • Loyola Marymount University
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State California

    MA in English
    The Creative Writing Emphasis offers a range of coursework in several genres and modes of writing: fiction, poetry, novella, prose poetry, memoir, constraint based writing, playwriting, and more.

  • Otis College of Art and Design
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MFA in Writing
    Our students are free to write in any genre they choose without needing to declare a concentration, and workshops reflect this openness: poets, fiction writers, and essayists all gather around the same seminar table discussing each other’s work with faculty members who offer a range of experience.

  • Pepperdine University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Screenwriting
    • State California

    MFA in Writing for Screen & Television
    Pepperdine’s two-year MFA in Writing for Screen and Television trains students for a vocation as screenwriters and prepares them to become cultural leaders in the entertainment industry.

  • Saint Mary's College of California
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Founded in 1995, the MFA Program in Creative Writing is a two-year course of study leading to the M.F.A. degree in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.

  • San Diego State University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Inspired by our place in the world, the program provides a rich and diverse experience that goes beyond the classroom and beyond borders.

  • San Francisco State University
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    • Degree MFA, MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State California

    MA in English, MFA in Creative Writing
    The Creative Writing Program at SFSU offers three degree programs: BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing; and MFA in Creative Writing.

  • San Jose State University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    The MFA program at SJSU is a dual-genre program that provides concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting/screenwriting.

  • Sonoma State University
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State California
    MA in English
    We offer the option of completing your degree with an emphasis in creative writing and seek to foster scholars and writers who are engaged in dialogue across their discipline-specific course of study.
  • University of California Davis
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State California

    MA in Creative Writing
    One of the main benefits of our M.A. program is that our creative writers take literature courses right along with Ph.D. candidates; this means there are close relationships among students across disciplines.

  • University of California Irvine
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MFA Program in Writing
    The aim of the MFA Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine is the training of accomplished writers who intend to make writing their life.

  • University of California Riverside
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
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    MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts
    The UCR MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (CWPA) is one of the most diverse and vibrant multi-genre MFA writing programs in the country.

  • University of California San Diego
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Poetry
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    MFA Program in Writing
    Our cross-genre curriculum allows students to explore poetry and prose and encourages the exploration of writing that falls between or beyond genre categories.

  • University of Southern California
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    • Degree MA, PhD
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
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    PhD in Creative Writing & Literature
    The USC PhD in Creative Writing & Literature program is one of the few dual PhD programs in the country that weaves the disciplines of literature and creative work into a single educational experience.

Colorado


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  • Colorado State University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    The nationally ranked program offers a balance of intimate and intensive writing workshops with courses in literature, form and technique, and related electives.

  • Naropa University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency, low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
    MFA in Writing & Poetics; MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    Founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, the Jack Kerouac School consists of the undergraduate Core Writing Seminars, a BA in Writing & Literature, a residential MFA in Writing & Poetics, a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, and the Summer Writing Program.

  • University of Colorado Boulder
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    • Degree MFA, PhD
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing, & Performance
    The creative writing program has grown and evolved over more than three decades, transitioning from a two-year MA to a three-year MFA. Throughout these changes, we remain writers committed to our craft and our teaching. The Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) unit is an interdisciplinary digital arts and humanities research unit with a practice-based PhD.

  • University of Denver
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    • Degree PhD
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    PhD in English—Creative Writing
    DU’s program in creative writing is one of the only writing programs in the country that focuses exclusively on doctoral study. All of the University of Denver’s graduate students in Creative Writing are PhD students.

  • Western State Colorado University
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    • Degree MFA, MA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Colorado

    MA/MFA in Creative Writing; Certificate in Publishing (low-res)
    Western State Colorado University's Graduate Program in Creative Writing offers an MFA, an MA, and a Certificate in Publishing.

Connecticut


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  • Albertus Magnus College
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Writing (low-res)
    At Albertus Magnus College, you can earn your MFA in writing in just two years—without sacrificing family time or making demands on the job that pays your bills.

  • Southern Connecticut State University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    The M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University is a full-residency, terminal-degree program, preparing students for careers as publishing writers, teachers, editors, and professionals in the publishing world.

  • Western Connecticut State University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • State Connecticut

    MFA in Creative and Professional Writing (low-res)
    In our first 10 years as the only low-residency MFA program in which students study both a creative genre and a practical field, our students have published over 40 books and chapbooks and have an 87% success rate for book publication, full-time employment in academia or writing careers, and fellowship programs. Unlike most other low-res programs, we typically offer fully funded graduate assistantships for six to eight students who are able to spend time on campus and earn hands-on experience in teaching, writing, and editorial positions.

  • Yale University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Playwriting
    • State Connecticut

    MFA in Playwriting
    Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting department is designed for playwrights who are ready to step forward as leaders of our culture and artists of our time.

Washington DC


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  • American University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State District of Columbia

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Founded in 1980, the American University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, offered through the Department of Literature, is a 48-semester-hour program that may be completed in two years.

  • Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
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    MA in Writing (part-time)
    With a part-time format, craft-based courses, and a faculty of practicing writers/editors, the program offers a challenging, nurturing home in Washington or Baltimore to expand knowledge/skills in fiction or nonfiction.

Florida


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  • Florida International University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Florida

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Founded in 1988, our 48-hour program has the simple operating philosophy of helping to put talented writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenplay in contact with their intended audiences.

  • Florida State University
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    • Degree MFA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • Genre Screenwriting
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    Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD
    The program is now affiliated with FSU’s top-ranked schools of Film and Theatre. Our faculty includes professors who are not only dedicated to the craft of writing but who are also widely known as teachers of the craft.

  • Nova Southeastern University
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    • Degree MA
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    MA in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
    Graduates with an M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from NSU will be prepared to pursue doctoral studies as well as a variety of careers in publishing and/or education.

  • University of Central Florida
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
    • State Florida

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The M.F.A. program welcomes writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction who wish to prepare for careers in writing, editing, and/or teaching.

  • University of Florida
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    Our aim is to cultivate good writers. When we are successful, you leave here capable of writing a better poem or story or novel than you might have written had you not come here.

  • University of Miami
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Fiction and Poetry
    The primary aim of the program is to nurture the individual’s writing talent; the secondary aim is to prepare students for careers in writing and teaching.

  • University of South Florida
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Florida

    MFA in Creative Writing Program
    USF’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program offers small classes, friendly fellow students, dedicated faculty, a lively reading series, and a supportive atmosphere.

  • University of West Florida
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
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    MA in English
    The Department of English and World Languages offers an MA degree in English with specializations in either literature or creative writing. Graduate students at the University of West Florida benefit from small class sizes, affordable tuition, great facilities, an accomplished faculty, and talented peers.

Georgia


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  • Georgia College
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    The three-year Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program offers workshops with award-winning faculty writers in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and memoir, and scriptwriting.

  • Georgia State University
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    • Degree MFA, MA, PhD
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MA in English, MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in English
    We award the PhD in English, Concentration in Creative Writing (one of the top 15 in the US, as ranked by Poets & Writers), the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and the MA in English, Concentration in Creative Writing.

  • Kennesaw State University
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    • Degree MA
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    • State Georgia

    MA in Professional Writing
    The Master of Arts in Professional Writing program (MAPW) is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts.

  • Reinhardt University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Georgia

    Etowah Valley MFA
    Our 60-hour low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting.

  • Savannah College of Art and Design
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency, online
    • Genre Nonfiction
    • State Georgia

    MFA in Writing (res/online)
    SCAD’s accredited creative nonfiction program helps students hone their skills through a comprehensive and contemporary curriculum that prepares them to thrive as writers in a variety of genres.

  • University of Georgia
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    • Degree MFA, PhD
    • Type residency, low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Georgia

    Low-Residency MFA in Narrative Media Writing; PhD in English
    The Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia directs and supports the emergence of the artistic voice in print by offering a Ph.D. in English with a creative dissertation. The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a two-year low-res MFA culminating in a nonfiction manuscript or screenplay.

Hawaii


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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
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    • Degree MA, PhD
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    • State Hawaii

    MA or PhD in English
    This program of study is designed to give students the opportunity to specialize in one of four areas of concentration, Literary Studies in English, Creative Writing, Composition & Rhetoric, and Cultural Studies in Asia/Pacific, while requiring that they do approximately half of their course work in other subject areas.

Idaho


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  • Boise State University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative Writing
    The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student’s written work.

Illinois


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  • Bradley University
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Illinois

    MA in English
    The writing track emphasizes the study and practice of writing with related study of literature, theory, and methods. Intensive workshops in creative nonifction, poetry, screenwriting, and fiction are available.

  • Chicago State University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Illinois

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Students participate in writing workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Additionally, students undertake coursework in African American literature and non-African American literature.

  • Eastern Illinois University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Illinois

    MA in English
    The MA in English at Eastern Illinois University is a two-year program offering four concentrations: Literary Studies, Literary Studies with Creative Writing Emphasis, Professional Writing, and Rhetoric and Composition.

  • Illinois State University
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    • Degree MA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • State Illinois

    MA in English, PhD in English Studies
    Children's Literature, Creative Writing, English Education, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Rhetoric and Writing, and TESOL offer our community of students and researchers the means of examining how we teach, learn, and understand ourselves and others through the stories we tell and the ways in which we tell them.

  • Northwestern University School of Communication
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State Illinois

    MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage
    Our two-year MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage is founded upon these five principles: art, craft, business, vision, and community.

  • Roosevelt University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Illinois

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Ours is a small program informed by Roosevelt University’s social justice mission and focused on narrative and the lyric essay. Workshops are led by professors equally attuned to traditional forms and the experimental, resulting in a tight community of writers committed to practicing our craft in an urban environment.

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Illinois

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a studio-academic program designed to assist talented students in developing their skills as poets or fiction writers.

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Illinois

    MA in English
    The specialization in creative writing is designed for the student interested in pursuing the art of writing fiction or poetry.

  • University of Chicago
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Illinois

    MA Program in the Humanities
    The MAPH Creative Writing option is intended for students who plan to do a creative writing thesis project in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
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    • Degree MA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • State Illinois

    MA in English, PhD in Creative Writing
    The MA degree is an ideal choice for those students who wish to continue their studies for professional development or for further academic work at the PhD level.

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Illinois

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The MFA degree at UIUC, a world-class research and teaching institution, provides students with the opportunity for graduate study and professional training in the writing of fiction and poetry with our distinguished graduate faculty: Janice N. Harrington, Michael Madonick, Ted Sanders, and Alex Shakar.

Indiana


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  • Indiana State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Indiana

    MA in English
    For the culminating experience, creative writing students produce a thesis-length project—for instance, a novel or a collection of stories or poems.

  • Indiana University Bloomington
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Indiana

    MFA in Fiction and Poetry
    The Creative Writing Program at Indiana University in Bloomington offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in fiction and poetry.

  • Indiana University South Bend
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • State Indiana

    MA in English with Creative Writing Concentration
    IU South Bend’s Master of Arts in English equips students with skills that are highly valued by employers and provide strong intellectual enrichment, including writing and analytical skills.

  • Purdue University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Indiana

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Established in 1987, the English Department’s graduate program in creative writing gives poets and fiction writers the opportunity to develop their work in a supportive atmosphere which values originality and a vital literary tradition.

  • University of Notre Dame
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Indiana

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The Program is a course of study with the flexibility for students to initiate a variety of literary lives through exposure to a range of aesthetics, a global literary orientation, course work in historical and contemporary literary forms, and interaction with visiting authors.

Iowa


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  • Iowa State University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Iowa

    MFA in Creative Writing and Environment
    This program emphasizes study in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama that encourages writers to identify and explore in their stories and lyric impressions the complex influences of place, the natural world, and the environmental imagination.

  • The University of Iowa
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Iowa

    Writers' Workshop; Nonfiction Writing Program
    The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is a two-year residency program which culminates in the submission of a creative thesis (a novel, a collection of stories, or a book of poetry) and the awarding of a Master of Fine Arts degree. The Nonfiction Writing Program encourages students to explore new approaches to creative nonfiction while also developing an appreciation for the deep history of the genre.

  • The University of Iowa Theatre Arts
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Playwriting
    • State Iowa

    The Iowa Playwrights Workshop :: MFA
    The Iowa Playwrights Workshop—The University of Iowa's MFA Program in Playwriting—is an intensive three-year program dedicated to educating playwrights for the professional theatre.

  • University of Northern Iowa
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • State Iowa

    MA in English
    We pride ourselves on paying close attention to student writing, language use, and cultural analysis to help students prepare to work in a range of professions and countries.

Kansas


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  • Emporia State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Kansas

    MA in English
    The Department of English is proud to offer an MA program in which students are encouraged to learn about contemporary developments in the discipline and to take an active part in professional conferences, publications, and creative endeavors. Three focuses of study are available: literature, creative writing, and community-college/high-school teaching.

  • Kansas State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Kansas

    MA in Creative Writing and Literature
    With workshops in poetry, short story, novel, nonfiction, and classes in literature, the Master's in Creative Writing and Literature prepares students for various careers in teaching, writing, and editing.

  • Pittsburg State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Kansas

    MA in English Creative Writing Emphasis
    Master’s in English with concentration in Creative Writing (fiction or poetry). Our program serves as a pre-MFA for students planning further study and offers workshop experience for those teaching in high schools or community colleges, or for anyone wishing to enhance their writing ability.

  • University of Kansas
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    • Degree MFA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Kansas

    Graduate Program in Creative Writing :: MFA, PhD
    The Graduate Program in Creative Writing offers a three-year MFA and five-year PhD in Creative Writing. Funding is available for the majority of graduate students via teaching and research assistantships.

  • Wichita State University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Kansas

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The MFA program offers a three-year studio-academic program in fiction or poetry writing, the Writing Now Reading Now series, tutorials each semester with renowned poets and writers, and fully funds all its students.

Kentucky


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  • Morehead State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type online
    • State Kentucky

    MA in English (online)
    The Masters of Arts in English offers students a comprehensive overview of advanced literary study as well as courses in creative and technical writing and linguistics.

  • Murray State University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Kentucky

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    Celebrating over a decade of excellence, our MFA program allows students to hone their craft on their own schedule, under the guidance of accomplished writers. The select, eclectic students that make up this program come seeking a competitive, affordable alternative to the traditional MFA and end up finding much more.

  • Northern Kentucky University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Kentucky

    MA in English
    Students share common educational experiences along with opportunities to specialize through completion of courses in literary studies, professional writing, creative writing and composition and rhetoric.

  • University of Louisville
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • State Kentucky

    MA in Creative Writing
    The Creative Writing Program at U of L offers a variety of creative writing courses covering the major genres of poetry, fiction, drama and creative nonfiction at the graduate and undergraduate level.

  • Western Kentucky University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State Kentucky

    MFA Program in Creative Writing
    We offer an intensive, two-year course of study in which students work hard to hone their craft as writers with tracks in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. And the program is fully funded.

Louisiana


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  • Louisiana State University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State Louisiana

    MFA Program in Creative Writing
    A fully funded, genre flexible three-year program with an impressive list of successful alumni. Our faculty includes nationally recognized screenwriters and filmmakers as well as poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers. We encourage diversity and celebrate unique voices: come to LSU to grow your gift.

  • McNeese State University
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    • Degree MFA, MA
    • Type residency, low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Louisiana

    Low-Residency MA in Creative Writing
    MFA Program in Creative Writing
    The Low-Residency MA in Creative Writing is a two-year studio program offering Fall and Spring semester courses online and one-week on campus residencies each summer. The M.F.A. program in creative writing at McNeese State University is a three-year, sixty-hour curriculum culminating in the creative thesis, a book length manuscript with significant artistic merit.

  • Southeastern Louisiana University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Louisiana

    Ma in English
    A literary studies core with choices in professional development in all areas of English Studies, including optional concentrations in Creative Writing, Language & Literacy, Professional Writing, and Publishing Studies.

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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    • Degree MA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Louisiana

    Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD
    Home to students and faculty working in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama, the Creative Writing Program is a vibrant playground of writers dedicated to exploring the craft and joys of writing.

  • University of New Orleans
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency, low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State Louisiana

    Creative Writing Workshop (res)
    Creative Writing Workshop — Low Residency MFA
    Writing workshops and literature classes are combined in a 45 hour (3 year) curriculum designed to enhance both writing and critical reading skills in the genres of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. Our innovative 45 hour curriculum includes online classes in the Fall and Spring semesters and month-long summer residencies abroad (18 hours residency required). Past residency sites have included Scotland, Ireland, Mexico and Italy. Genres of study are fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Maine


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  • University of Maine at Orono
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Maine

    MA in English
    The concentration in Creative Writing allows the student to focus on the writing of fiction, poetry and/or creative non-fiction and to prepare a creative thesis, in addition to receiving graduate-level training in literature and literary criticism

  • University of Southern Maine
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Maine

    Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    The University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing combines the energy of a forward-thinking low-residency program with the solid educational excellence of the very best creative writing programs in the nation.

Maryland


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  • Goucher College
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Nonfiction
    • State Maryland

    MFA in Creative Nonfiction (low-res)
    With its unique focus on a single genre and its strong professional emphasis on publishing, Goucher’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction has gained a reputation as the best in its field.

  • Johns Hopkins University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Maryland

    The Writing Seminars MFA in Fiction and Poetry
    Students admitted to the M.F.A. program enroll in two years of course work, and produce a substantial manuscript either in the form of a novel, novel excerpt, or collection of fiction; or a collection of poetry.

  • Morgan State University
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    • Degree MA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Maryland

    English Program :: MA, PhD
    The Department of English and Language Arts offers two graduate degree programs with a number of concentrations, making it suitable for a variety of scholars looking to expand their knowledge and develop their careers in research, teaching, and writing.

  • Towson University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Maryland

    MS in Professional Writing
    Provides advanced study in the theory of writing, writing techniques and style, principles and techniques of editing, and the functions of written communication within the professional and occupational setting. The program features six tracks: writing for the public and private sectors, technical writing and information design, teaching writing, journalistic writing, scientific writing, and creative writing.

  • University of Baltimore
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • State Maryland

    MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts
    In addition to an array of writing classes and workshops, we offer courses in book arts, small press publishing, and creativity.

  • University of Maryland
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Maryland

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The MFA in Creative Writing provides a professional course of study for graduate students seeking to perfect their ability to compose poems, stories, and novels.

Massachusetts


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  • Bay Path University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type online
    • Genre Nonfiction
    • State Massachusetts

    MFA in Creative Nonfiction (online)
    No-residency MFA with nationally known faculty mentors and small classes. Electives in women's stories; spiritual, travel, and food writing. Publishing, teaching, summer seminar in Ireland.

  • Boston University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Massachusetts

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The Creative Writing MFA is an eight-course, thirty-two credit program. After coursework is completed and a creative thesis is approved, each student will have up to three months paid travel anywhere in the world.

  • Bridgewater State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Massachusetts

    MA in English
    The MA in English offers a concentration in creative writing which provides intensive study of the art and craft of original writing.

  • Emerson College
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    • Degree MFA, MA
    • Type residency, online
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Massachusetts

    MFA in Creative Writing
    MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing (online)
    MA in Writing and Publishing
    Our residency MFA program focuses on the actual practice of writing as well as its literary underpinnings. Our Online MFA program focuses on the creation and publication of novels in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, thriller, or young adult. The MA in Publishing and Writing program provides an overview of the publishing industry from writing and editing through design, production, promotion, and distribution.

  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Massachusetts

    MFA for Poets and Writers
    The MFA Program for Poets and Writers is a selective three-year program and is dedicated to the creation of new and important writing. For almost half a century, it has been a place for writers to concentrate on their work and to write their books.

  • University of Massachusetts - Boston
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Massachusetts

    MA in English; MFA in Creative Writing
    Every student receives financial support for three years of community, focus, and opportunity. Teach undergrads, come to SUBMITATHON!, edit magazines, visit prisons. Our professors don’t want you to sound like them; they want you to write your best work.

  • University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • State Massachusetts

    MA in Professional Writing Program
    Graduate students in the Professional Writing Program join a writing community where they engage in extensive writing and editing practice and receive a solid background in rhetoric and communications.

  • Western New England University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction
    • State Massachusetts

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    Western New England University offers a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction)—a rigorous, individualized curriculum without the demands of a full-time program.

Michigan


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  • Central Michigan University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Michigan

    MA in English
    We offer undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses, including an M.A. in English with Creative Writing Concentration.

  • University of Michigan
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Michigan

    Helen Zell Writers’ Program
    The Helen Zell Writers’ Program is a two-year graduate program in creative writing leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. Students concentrate in either fiction or poetry.

  • Wayne State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Michigan

    MA in English with Emphasis in Creative Writing
    We offer classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for the theater, interdisciplinary genres, and poetics.

  • Western Michigan University
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    • Degree MFA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • State Michigan

    Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD
    We offer Master’s and Doctoral degrees in three different areas of emphasis: Creative Writing, English Education, and Literature and Language.

Minnesota


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  • Augsburg College
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State Minnesota

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    The Augsburg MFA in creative writing is a two-year low-residency program with tracks in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting and concentrations in translation, teaching, and publishing. Students enrolled in the MFA’s publishing sequence are the editors of a literary press that sponsors a national writing competition and publishes a book-length collection of prose or poetry each year.

  • Hamline University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency, low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's
    • State Minnesota

    MFA in Writing (res); MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults (low-res)
    At Hamline, you'll benefit not only from being a part of the only university in the United States with three fine arts programs in creative writing and an award-winning national literary magazine, but also from the cultural and literary bounty of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

  • Minnesota State University Mankato
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Minnesota

    MFA Writing
    The M.F.A. program in creative writing meets the needs of students who want to strike a balance between the development of individual creative talent and the close study of literature and language.

  • St. Cloud State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Minnesota

    MA in English
    The MA in English offers concentrations in English Studies and Rhetoric & Writing. Students will experience a broad overview of the changing field of English in courses that explore rhetoric, composition, new media studies, literature, creative writing, and pedagogy.

  • University of Minnesota
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Minnesota

    MFA in Creative Writing
    This three-year program offers tracks in fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction, with graduate-level coursework in writing, literature, and related fields. All admitted students receive full funding in the form of a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a teaching assistantship with stipend.

Mississippi


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  • Mississippi State University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Mississippi

    MA in English
    Mississippi State’s Master’s Degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis is a 24 credit hour course of study with an additional 6 hour thesis requirement.

  • University of Mississippi
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Mississippi

    MFA in Creative Writing
    We specialize in what we do best, fiction and poetry, and supplement our specialities with creative nonfiction, screen writing, and eco-writing. Ours is a fully funded, three year degree.

  • University of Southern Mississippi
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    • Degree MA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Mississippi

    Center for Writers :: MA, PhD
    Between 35 and 40 students work toward M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English with emphases in fiction or poetry, and each student completes a creative thesis or dissertation to fulfill requirements for the degree.

Missouri


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  • Lindenwood University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type online
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Missouri

    MFA in Writing Program (online or in-class)
    This program focuses on the practice and study of creative writing. Our coursework, which includes craft classes, literature classes, and writing workshops in a wide range of genres, may be taken in the classroom, online, or a combination of both.

  • Missouri State University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • State Missouri

    MA in English
    You like to write, read and analyze, or perhaps you’d like to teach literature and language. An English degree from Missouri State will prepare you to do all this, and more.

  • University of Missouri
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    • Degree MA, PhD
    • Type residency
    • State Missouri

    Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD
    The University of Missouri’s Creative Writing Program is known for its commitment to literary study as an essential component of literary production. The department offers the M.A. and Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in creative writing.

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State Missouri

    MFA in Creative Writing and Media Arts
    UMKC’s MFA in Creative Writing & Media Arts is an exciting studio-research program that combines intensive workshops with literature and craft classes to foster discovery and mastery in creative writing.

  • University of Missouri - St. Louis
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Missouri

    MFA in Fiction and Poetry
    The methods of instruction are simple but effective: writing workshops in fiction and poetry; seminar classes on writing craft; assistant editorial work on our nationally distributed literary magazine, Natural Bridge.

Montana


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  • University of Montana
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Montana

    MFA Program in Creative Writing
    The University of Montana is one of our nation’s oldest and most prestigious writing programs, known for its individual mentorship, student publications and award-winning faculty.

Nebraska


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  • Creighton University
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    • Degree MFA, MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State Nebraska

    MA in English, MFA in Creative Writing
    The Creighton University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a two-year residential program whose focus is on the book. Students work toward creating book-length manuscripts and prepare them for publication through a series of workshops, craft classes, and literature seminars.

  • University of Nebraska, Kearney
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State Nebraska

    MA in English
    The Master of Arts in English program presents a variety of courses in World, British, and United States literatures, creative writing, and pedagogy.

  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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    • Degree MA, PhD
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    • State Nebraska

    Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD
    The Graduate Program in English at the University of Nebraska offers an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing, one of the few such advanced degree programs in the country to offer a creative dissertation option.

  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young Adult, Playwriting
    • State Nebraska

    MFA in Writing (low-res)
    The University of Nebraska Omaha MFA in Writing is a low-residency creative writing course of study for writers like yourself who are committed to a literary life. The full program comprises four 16-week semesters and five 10-day symposium-style residencies.

Nevada


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  • Sierra Nevada College
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's, Young Adult
    • State Nevada

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    The low-residency MFA in creative writing program at Sierra Nevada College is a challenging and inspiring two year commitment to each student’s own artistic development.

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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    • Degree MFA, PhD
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State Nevada

    Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD
    The Creative Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers a dynamic and stimulating writing environment, shaped by the confluence of the desert’s natural beauty with the electrical brilliance of Las Vegas’ neon lights.

  • University of Nevada, Reno
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    • Degree MFA, MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State Nevada

    MA in English; MFA in Creative Writing
    The degree involves a three-year course of study, requiring a series of rigorous workshops centered on the development of students’ creative work, in addition to coursework in literary history, critical theory, and literary craft.

New Hampshire


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  • New England College
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State New Hampshire

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    Our low-residency Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program offers students a rigorous, individualized graduate education in Poetry and Fiction, with additional concentrated study options available in Translation, New Media, and Performance.

  • New Hampshire Institute of Art
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
    • State New Hampshire

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    Our Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing is situated within an art institute, inspiring opportunities for cross-pollination and hybridization of genres and art forms.

  • Southern New Hampshire University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
    • State New Hampshire

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    Write the book you're meant to write, as you earn your Master of Fine Arts in fiction or nonfiction. Our two-year, low-residency program allows students to live anywhere and work a full-time job. We never allow the number of students to exceed 65, so our students develop close and sustaining relationships with faculty during our intensive weeklong residencies in June and January.

New Jersey


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  • Drew University
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Poetry
    • State New Jersey

    MFA in Poetry (low-res)
    Students hone and develop their talent, as well as gain knowledge of the craft and poetics of contemporary American writers, and writers from other eras and cultures.

  • Kean University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New Jersey

    MA in English Writing Studies
    The program is specifically designed for individuals who want to pursue both an in-depth exploration of writing studies as a discipline and also an individualized program of study specifically tailored to their particular interests and employment needs.

  • Rowan University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • State New Jersey

    MA in Writing
    In addition to taking four core classes required of all MA students, graduate students develop their individual interests in one of the following tracks: Composition studies, Creative Writing/Journalism, or New Media.

  • Rutgers University - Camden
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State New Jersey

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Our unique multi-genre approach prepares our students not only to write poetry and prose but to teach at the college level.

  • Rutgers University - Newark
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New Jersey

    MFA in Creative Writing
    Our studio/research MFA offers workshops, thesis hours, and 7 interdisciplinary elective courses to full- and part-time (3 year) students. Aid includes TA's and Part Time Scholarships teaching Comp or Creative Writing, Half Tuition Scholarships, and Capote Fellowships.

  • William Paterson University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
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    MFA in Creative & Professional Writing
    The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program in creative and professional writing at William Paterson University provides a supportive academic environment focused on the production of high-caliber writing.

New Mexico


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  • Institute of American Indian Arts
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
    • State New Mexico

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    IAIA’s mission “to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach” means that the program and the literature we read carry a distinct Native American and First Nations emphasis. Over 75% of our faculty mentors are established Native American or First Nations authors. Our program is open to everyone, but the focus will remain aligned with our unique mission.

  • New Mexico Highlands University
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    • Degree MA
    • Type residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New Mexico

    MA in English
    The Department of English MA program offers advanced instruction in literature, linguistics, creative writing, and composition.

  • New Mexico State University
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    • Degree MFA, MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State New Mexico

    MA in English: Emphasis in Creative Writing, MFA in Creative Writing
    Students electing this emphasis choose a major genre: poetry or fiction. Students must complete fifty-four hours of graduate-level course work, submit a creative writing thesis, give a public reading from the thesis, and pass an oral examination.

  • University of New Mexico
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New Mexico

    MA in Rhetoric and Writing, MFA in Creative Writing
    This three-year degree combines studio-based workshops in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction with craft seminars and coursework in literature, teaching pedagogy, and professional writing.

New York


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  • Adelphi University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    MFA in Creative Writing Program
    An intimate program, Adelphi’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to specialize in three major genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

  • Bard College
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    Bard MFA is a nontraditional school for interdisciplinary study in the visual and creative arts: film/video, music/sound, painting, photography, sculpture, and writing. Students are in residence on campus for eight weeks during three consecutive summers, with two winter sessions of independent study completed off campus.

  • Binghamton University - SUNY
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's
    • State New York

    Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD
    The areas of study include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir and children’s literature. The program relies on writing workshops and the study of literature to encourage the development of the students as writers.

  • Brooklyn College - CUNY
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State New York

    MFA in Creative Writing
    This small, highly personal two-year program in creative writing confers Masters of Fine Arts degrees in fiction, poetry, and playwriting.

  • City College of New York - CUNY
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State New York

    MFA in Creative Writing
    For more than three decades City College has offered serious writing students a chance to meet one another and to work under the guidance of a legendary faculty.

  • The College at Brockport - SUNY
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    MA in English, Creative Writing Concentration
    Students who come to Brockport for graduate studies in English work closely with a faculty of active writers—including scholars, critics, and writers of memoir, fiction, and poetry.

  • The College of New Rochelle
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
    • State New York

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing strengthens the relationship between imaginative writing and the greater good by training writers in the craft of narrative and the calling of service. The program offers concentrations in both Fiction and Nonfiction.

  • Cornell University
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    • Degree MFA, PhD
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    Creative Writing Program in English Language and Literature :: MFA, PhD
    The program offers two degree options: the M.F.A. degree, with concentrations in either poetry or fiction, and the Joint M.F.A./Ph.D. Degree, where candidates earn an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (focused on either poetry or fiction) and continue on for a PhD in English Language and Literature.

  • Hunter College - CUNY
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    MFA Creative Writing
    The Creative Writing MFA is a full-time, two-year program in which students work closely with the distinguished writers who comprise the faculty.

  • Ithaca College
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    Image Text MFA (low-res)
    The Ithaca College low-residency Image Text MFA is a unique terminal degree program focused on the intersection of writing and photography.

  • Lehman College - CUNY
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    MA in English
    Many students pursue the English MA, acquiring a general expertise in English Studies even as they develop a particular focus in Literature, Writing and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, or Professional Writing.

  • Long Island University - Brooklyn
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State New York

    MFA in Creative Writing
    This program offers a solid foundation and practice through courses in literature, writing workshops and writing process and technique courses designed for the aspiring writer.

  • The New School
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's, Young Adult
    • State New York

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The New School offered one of the first creative writing workshops, and pioneered a new philosophy of education. The idea: students would contribute their own lives and their own stories. Playing host to an extraordinary calendar of events—from readings and panels to book releases and award ceremonies—The New School’s MFA program is an active part of today's cultural dialogue.

  • Pratt Institute
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    • Degree MFA
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    MFA in Writing
    The Pratt M.F.A. in Writing is a new and unique two-year program specifically designed to support and encourage intellectually rigorous and inspired writing practices that are philosophically, culturally and politically informed.

  • Queens College - CUNY
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State New York

    MFA Creative Writing and Literary Translation
    We are proud to be the latest MFA program in the City University of New York system and the only one in the borough of Queens. We offer degrees in poetry, prose, playwriting and literary translation.

  • Sarah Lawrence College
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    MFA in Writing
    The Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing at Sarah Lawrence confers degrees in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Study at Sarah Lawrence includes weekly workshops and craft classes; a yearlong colloquium in which writers and publishing professionals talk with students about every aspect of the writing life; and biweekly, one-on-one meetings between student and workshop instructor.

  • St. Joseph's College Brooklyn
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
    • State New York

    The Writer's Foundry MFA
    As writers, we do not wish to imprint an unyielding or particular aesthetic onto each other, but rather aim to encourage and develop that which is individual. Creative writing students are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing the promise of their craft.

  • Syracuse University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    MFA in Creative Writing
    The three year MFA program in Creative Writing gives promising fiction writers and poets an opportunity to practice their art with dedicated fellow writers.

  • University at Albany - SUNY
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    • Degree MA, PhD
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting
    • State New York

    Writing Practices: Poetics, Rhetorics, Technologies :: PhD
    The area provides coursework in creative writing, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction prose, drama, and hypertext, as well as in various kinds of persuasive and argumentative writing.

  • University at Buffalo - SUNY
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
    • State New York

    Certificate in Innovative Writing
    Our MA Certificate invites you to view writing as an investigative, exploratory process in its own right.

North Carolina


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  • East Carolina University
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    • Degree MA
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    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State North Carolina

    MA in English
    The Master’s Degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing is an advanced degree with a specialty in the writing of original poetry, fiction, scripts and plays, or creative nonfiction.

  • North Carolina State University
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    • Degree MFA
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    • Genre Fiction, Poetry
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    MA in Rhetoric and Composition, MFA in Creative Writing
    NCSU has a first-rate faculty who believe that the workshops, though important, are not everything. The one-on-one in the office, the wrangling with manuscripts until they’re finished, the individual attention—that’s what makes this program different.

  • Queens University of Charlotte
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    • Degree MFA
    • Type low-residency
    • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
    • State North Carolina

    MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
    The MFA program offers courses of study in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen, with residencies in Charlotte, NC; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile.