Program description: Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing offers intellectual rigor, emotional support, affordability, flexibility, and community at the world’s first certified Compassionate University. You’ll see these values at work in the size and diversity of our faculty. Our low-residency model helps you fit grad school into your busy life. And our unique program design allows you to dive deep into your own area, explore other genres and modes, and examine the interrelatedness of the arts and other cultures.
We offer a 15-credit graduate certificate and a 35-credit MA in Writing (MAW), both with tracks in creative and professional writing. Our nationally distinguished, 65-credit MFA program focuses on creative writing. Students can matriculate from the certificate or MAW into the MFA, earning two degrees for about the cost of one. All of our programs offer editorial experience, foster lifelong writing habits, and help you forge lasting writing communities.
Students can choose a faster, higher-intensity pace or a slower, less intensive pace, depending on the time they have available. Students can complete two semesters a year by spending about 25 hours a week on writing and reading during independent study. Or students can opt to complete one semester a year, devoting about 12 hours a week to independent study.
Ten-day residencies take place in May and November (Louisville) or June/July (abroad). Our Summer 2020 residency takes us to Paris.
Unlike other schools, Spalding does not charge a registration fee, residency fee, or graduation fee.