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Graduate Creative Writing Programs
MA, MFA, PhD Writing Programs
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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The Creative Writing Graduate track offers an in-depth education in the writing and revising of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
University of Alabama
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
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
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
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.
University of Alaska Anchorage
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
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 State University
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
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
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.
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.
University of Arkansas
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.
University of Arkansas - Monticello
UAM's entirely online program offers workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We offer our students a rigorous, yet flexible education with small classes and a quality education at an affordable price.
University of Central Arkansas
Come focus on craft, publishing, and pedagogy in the heart of the Natural State literary scene. Be a part of a small, boutique program where you are a name, not a number and your development as a writer and your career after you leave our program are our primary concern.
Antioch University Los Angeles
In Antioch University Los Angeles' unique low-residency program, students explore the important role of the writer in society, reading works by diverse and socially-conscious authors. The MFA in Creative Writing program is comprised of on-campus residencies—which include classes, readings, and workshops—complemented by a five-month, online project period during which students live and write in their home communities. Antioch University Los Angeles offers specialized fields of creative writing study in the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, and Literary Translation. Our distinguished instructors are all actively published writers who serve as dedicated mentors throughout the program. Scholarships are available.
Antioch University Santa Barbara
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
Located in the historic literary community of San Francisco, the MFA Program in Writing at CCA offers flexible yet rigorous courses of study. In addition to a variety of workshops, seminars, and mentored study courses, students may engage in the large, evolving field of text and image, book art, magazine production, video or film art, and multimedia art.
California College of the Arts 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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The dual degree combines the MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in English. The dual degree combines the practice and study of creative writing with literary scholarship.
Dominican University of California
A low-residency program located in the vibrant community of the San Francisco Bay Area, offering tracks in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and an optional track in Narrative/Poetic Medicine.
Loyola Marymount University
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.
Part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant literary community, Mills College offers innovative MFA programs in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book art. Our graduate creative writing and literature programs tap into the Bay Area’s energy and are distinguished by their long-established reputations; innovation; outstanding faculty; intimate community of writers, scholars, and alumni; and commitment to a vision of the literary arts as socially transformative. Our graduate creative writing and literature programs enhance your creativity and give you the tools to engage the world around you.
Mount Saint Mary's University
The MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's University is an artist-training program for students who want to write professionally across multiple genres. Class sessions meet every other weekend at the Doheny Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for busy working professionals. The program offers bilingual Spanish/English courses and integrates the humanities into the course of study, reflecting a commitment to intellectual rigor and liberal arts as the cornerstone of human understanding. Faculty also place a premium on helping students into their professional careers through continued mentoring and preparing them for the publication market.
The National University MFA program is a completely online program with no residency requirement. Workshop classes are conducted in electronic classrooms with fellow writers from around the country and the world.
Otis College of Art and Design
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’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
Founded in 1995, the MFA Program in Creative Writing is a two-year course of study leading to the MFA degree in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.
San Diego State University
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
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
The MFA program at SJSU is a dual-genre program that provides concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting/screenwriting.
Sonoma State University
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
One of the main benefits of our MA program is that our creative writers take literature courses right along with PhD candidates; this means there are close relationships among students across disciplines.
University of California Irvine
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
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 Riverside – Palm Desert Center
The low residency MFA program at UCR-Palm Desert, the first of its kind in the University of California system, offers a full academic and professional immersion into the writing world. In addition to their creative work, students meet one-on-one with industry professionals to help guide them towards the next step of their careers.
University of California San Diego
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 San Francisco
Our 2 1/2-year program offers students a personalized learning experience with access to San Francisco’s vital literary community. Students focus on fiction (including the novel), poetry, or nonfiction and may cross genres. In small workshops and seminars students work closely with award-winning writers. Thesis instruction provides one-on-one mentoring with faculty for two semesters. The Reading Series brings acclaimed writers to campus. Students have the opportunity to gain professional development and to work on our journal Switchback. Merit fellowships, including a fully-funded biannual poetry fellowship, teaching assistantships, and post-graduate teaching fellowships are offered.
University of Southern California
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 State University
The nationally ranked program offers a balance of intimate and intensive writing workshops with courses in literature, form and technique, and related electives.
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.
Regis' Mile-High MFA, is a low-residency program that lets you stay at your job and close to your family, but pushes you to make time for writing. You'll leave the program with a manuscript ready to submit to publishers, along with an action plan for putting your writing into practice in the world.
University of Colorado Boulder
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
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
Western State Colorado University's Graduate Program in Creative Writing offers an MFA, an MA, and a Certificate in Publishing.
Albertus Magnus College
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.
Before you write your story, you have to find your voice. As a student in Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing, you can pursue fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and scriptwriting/playwriting. Within these genres you can pursue concentrations in publishing/editing, spiritual writing, or literary health and healing.
Southern Connecticut State University
The MFA 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
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 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.
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
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.
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Florida Atlantic University
The MFA at FAU is a three-year, fully-funded program in the heart of sunny South Florida. Students in the programs are encouraged to experiment, take risks, and explore the boundaries between genres. In addition to classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, students are encouraged to take courses in translation, book arts, creative writing pedagogy, and more from our award-winning faculty. Other opportunities include: teaching creative writing in the community, for-credit internships, summer travel and research money, working on our two literary journals, mentoring undergraduate creative writing students, and working with a wide variety of visiting writers. GTA positions are available.
Florida International University
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
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.
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing gives aspiring fiction writers, essayists, memoirists, and poets the tools to begin a new phase of their creative life as a professional writer. Designed to be completed in just two calendar years, the 36-hour master’s degree is a low-residency program that requires three summer residencies, four semesters of study, and a book-length thesis of the student’s creative work. We offer tracks of study in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and we are the only graduate creative writing program to offer an optional track of study in war literature and writing by and for veterans.
The MFA of the Americas seeks to draw upon Florida's multicultural heritage by rotating summer residencies throughout the Americas, employing writers working cross-culturally and establishing ties with local and indigenous writers at summer residency sites.
University of Central Florida
The MFA program welcomes writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction who wish to prepare for careers in writing, editing, and/or teaching.
University of Florida
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
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
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 Tampa
The University of Tampa low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is designed to help poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers advance their command of craft through exposure to literature from a writerly perspective and with supportive critique and mentoring.
University of West Florida
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
The Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia directs and supports the emergence of the artistic voice in print by offering a PhD 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.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
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.
Boise State University
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.
University of Idaho
Idaho’s three-year curriculum is ideal for those who demand rigorous instruction in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Our program—small by design—limits enrollment in graduate workshops to 10-15 students, which allows for an intimate and dynamic work environment, and full access to our award-winning faculty. Moscow, and its abundant wilderness opportunities, is an ideal place to focus on writing.
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
Students participate in writing workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Additionally, students undertake coursework in African American literature and non-African American literature.
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago offers graduate study in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with internationally renowned faculty and distinguished writers-in-residence, along with teaching instructorships, editorial opportunities, a diverse reading series, a thriving literary community, and small classes.
This unique program combines intensive, craft-focused creative writing workshops with elective courses and internships in publishing, pedagogy, literature, and language. The flexible curriculum encourages students to explore more than one genre, and our course offerings include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and multi-genre workshops.
Eastern Illinois University
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
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
Our two-year MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage is founded upon these five principles: art, craft, business, vision, and community.
Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
The part-time MA/MFA in Creative Writing program offers flexible scheduling (all courses are in the evening) and flexible progress toward completion of the degree. Pursue your writing goals while in balance with your personal and professional life. Develop your writing at your own pace through peer workshops, courses in literature, elective courses in reading as a writer, a practicum in how to teach creative writing, and editorial work on TriQuarterly, the university's renowned literary journal (triquarterly.org) and in publishing internships. This program combines the virtues of both residency and low-residency programs, allowing students to keep their full-time jobs and have year-round access to faculty. Classes are offered in Evanston and in downtown Chicago.
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.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The two-year Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) distinguishes itself from more conventional writing programs in that it both questions typical genre distinctions and nurtures traditional writing approaches. MFAW students are immersed in an arts environment within the nation’s second-highest rated MFA program, encouraging them to participate in an active community of artists, writers, and scholars. Collaboration is complemented by the program’s self-directed nature: students work closely with faculty advisors who are also prolific practitioners in their fields to create a course plan specific to their interests.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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
Launching Fall 2018, the MFA in creative writing is designed for students interested in pursuing the art of writing fiction or poetry, and is especially tailored to students who are interested in exploring a variety of career paths.
University of Chicago
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
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
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.
Ball State University
Our program is a flexible, innovative, two-year program that encourages cross-genre study through graduate workshops and culminates in a creative project. Our graduate assistantships provide valuable teaching experience and training. Our graduates go on to highly regarded MFA and PhD programs and careers in marketing, publishing, editing, and freelance writing. We’ve also had students publish collections with presses such as Dancing Girl and Ravenna and in journals such as AGNI, Callaloo, CALYX, and Mid-American Review. Faculty expertise includes: creative writing pedagogy, flash fiction, memoir and essays, screenwriting, eco-poetry, hybrid forms, mixed media and digital media, and literary editing and publishing.
The MFA is a 36-hour studio MFA that includes ten three-credit courses and six hours of formal thesis work with an advisor. We offer programs in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as electives in screenwriting, young adult fiction, poetic form, literary editing and publishing, and teaching creative writing. We offer top-flight, full-time faculty, nationally recognized visiting faculty, and one of the finest visiting writers series in the country. We operate a MFA-run literary magazine and other publishing enterprises, and also offer teaching and service opportunities through an array of programs.
Indiana State University
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
The Creative Writing Program at Indiana University in Bloomington offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in fiction and poetry.
Indiana University South Bend
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.
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
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 State University
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
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
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
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.
Emporia State University
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
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
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
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
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.
Eastern Kentucky University
A low-residency program, Bluegrass Writers Studio features live, online workshops. Students become part of a vibrant writing community. In addition to literature courses like Forms of Poetry, Short Story Masters, The Literature of War, and Writing Across Genres, students have the opportunity to gain editing experience working on the nationally-distributed Jelly Bucket. Every July, students attend a domestic residency in Richmond, KY or an international residency in Lisbon, Portugal where they meet and work with award-winning writers, agents, editors, and other professionals. The program culminates with a book-length thesis that candidates complete under the direction of a core faculty member.
Morehead State University
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
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
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.
The Spalding MFA offers an intellectually stimulating and emotionally supportive experience with a diverse and close-knit community of writers. Our 65-hour, low-residency MFA in Writing combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. Each semester of the program begins with a ten-day residency, in which students and faculty gather for an intensive workshopping and learning experience. At the conclusion of the residency, students return home to study independently with a faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. During the semester, each instructor supervises a small number of students, and each student’s program is highly individualized to meet each student at his or her level of writing. Students may customize the location, season, and pace of their studies.
University of Kentucky
Situated in historic Lexington and surrounded by the awesomeness of thoroughbred horse farms and bourbon distilleries, the University enjoys a rich literary heritage dating back to 1947, when Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist A.B. Guthrie first offered courses in fiction. Graduates of the English Department include Bobbie Ann Mason, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Wendell Berry, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Patrick O’Keefe, Holly Goddard Jones, and James Baker Hall. The UK MFA Program in Creative Writing is the proud home of Erik Reece's Ekphrastic Craft class, the Creating Writing Residency at the Mill House, New Limestone Review, and eight fully funded TAships.
University of Louisville
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
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 State University
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
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 MFA 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
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
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
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.
University of Maine at Orono
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
The University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA 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.
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
Students admitted to the MFA 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
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.
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
In addition to an array of writing classes and workshops, we offer courses in book arts, small press publishing, and creativity.
University of Maryland
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.
Bay Path University
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.
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
The MA in English offers a concentration in creative writing which provides intensive study of the art and craft of original writing.
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.
Ranked #4 among low-residency MFA Programs by Poets & Writers, and the only such program located in a major U.S. literary city, Lesley offers five concentrations: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Writing for Young People. Our graduates have published books, been featured in prestigious journals, won major literary prizes and fellowships, had theatrical productions, and found teaching positions in numerous schools and colleges. The faculty are celebrated writers and passionate teachers. The program's Interdisciplinary Studies component nourishes students’ writing and aspirations to be working writers.
Pine Manor College
Located five miles from downtown Boston, the Solstice MFA Program helps our diverse student body reach their full potential as writers in a learning environment that fosters community and celebrates the individual. We offer concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics & graphic narratives, and writing for children & young adults. We encourage cross-genre study and offer an applied track in pedagogy for those who hope to teach at the college level.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
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
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
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
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.
Central Michigan University
We offer undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses, including an MA in English with Creative Writing Concentration.
Eastern Michigan University
The MA Program in Creative Writing at EMU promotes innovation, experimentation, and collaboration across artistic fields and cultural practices. Distinguished as one of the only interdisciplinary programs for creative writing in the country, we provide a rich space for exploring the relationships between poetry and poetics, experimental prose, cultural translation, community service, pedagogy, and contemporary arts.
Northern Michigan University
NMU, located on the Lake Superior shore of Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, offers a three- year MFA degree in fiction, poetry, or creative non fiction,as well as a two-year MA in writing, literature, pedagogy, or theater. Teaching assistantships are available, as well as travel opportunities, field writing residencies in the beautiful Upper Peninsula wilderness, grants, and internships with Passages North. NMU grads have published work with Knopf and Penguin, continued on to literary and creative PhD programs, found full-time teaching positions, and started literary magazines. Marquette, Michigan, a bike-friendly town even in the snowy winter, is surrounded by some of the country’s most stunning forests and water.
University of Michigan
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
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
We offer Master’s and Doctoral degrees in three different areas of emphasis: Creative Writing, English Education, and Literature and Language.
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.
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
The MFA 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
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
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 State University
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.
Mississippi University for Women
Mississippi University for Women’s new Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing aims to be flexible, personal, professional, and affordable. Students take online classes, including Graduate Writing Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Translation, and Writing for New Media, as well as Literature and Forms classes. With internships and two types of residencies, the program offers small classes, flexible full-time and part-time scheduling, professional development, and low in-state tuition with waivers of non-resident fees for all students in the program. Mississippi University for Women is an equal opportunity, co-educational institution with a diverse student body, located in historic Columbus, Mississippi.
University of Mississippi
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
Between 35 and 40 students work toward MA and PhD degrees in English with emphases in fiction or poetry, and each student completes a creative thesis or dissertation to fulfill requirements for the degree.
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
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.
Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast's Masters in Professional Writing helps students to explore different types of professional writing, to further develop their writing skills, and to perfect their critical abilities, including the determination of effective styles and presentations for texts. Professional writing includes composition, technical writing, new media, editing, and creative writing. The option allows students to learn in depth about writing theories, rhetorical theory, creative writing and its strategies, and technical production of text in print and online. Entering students should be computer-literate and able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
University of Missouri
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 MA and PhD in English, with a concentration in creative writing.
University of Missouri - Kansas City
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
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.
Washington University in St. Louis
The MFA Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a two-year program where 20 to 25 students are working toward MFA degrees in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Each year our reading series brings a diverse group of poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers to the department. In addition, the Hurst Professor program brings in six distinguished visitors each year to present their newest work, lecture on the craft of writing, and work one-on-one with our MFA students. Students teach creative writing courses in their second year. All students are fully and equally funded.
University of Montana
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.
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
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
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
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.
Sierra Nevada College
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
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
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 England College
Our low-residency MFA Creative Writing program offers students a rigorous, individualized graduate education in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with accomplished faculty of national reputation and an intimate, close-knit community feel.
New Hampshire Institute of Art
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
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.
University of New Hampshire
The MFA Program at the University of New Hampshire has a clear goal: to help you mold your gifts and passion for the art and to prepare you for the opportunities and demands that all writers will experience in a long career. What happens to you after you leave this program—how you will sustain yourself and your work—is one of our strongest concerns. This supportive community of students and faculty shares a belief that writing matters and that the best books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are made out of both the creative imagination and rigorous work.
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.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
The MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University provides students the opportunity to work closely with award-winning, acclaimed faculty writers in small classes (usually 4-6 students) that provide rigorous and individualized attention. At residencies, faculty and students dine together, attend readings and lectures, and socialize. Our curriculum supports every writer's unique creative exploration, with a highly customized reading list and a guided study of craft.
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.
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
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
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
The master of fine arts (MFA) program in creative and professional writing at William Paterson University provides a supportive academic environment focused on the production of high-caliber writing.
Institute of American Indian Arts
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
The Department of English MA program offers advanced instruction in literature, linguistics, creative writing, and composition.
New Mexico State University
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
Columbia University School of the Arts
The Columbia University School of the Arts MFA Writing Program, offering concentrations in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry, and a joint course of study in Literary Translation, is highly regarded for its illustrious alumni, artistic diversity and outstanding faculty of acclaimed writers and editors. The rigorous approach to literary instruction requires 60 credits over 2 or more years of study. Extracurricular programming includes the Creative Writing Lecture Series, Nonfiction Dialogues, a poetry reading series, student reading series, Our Word: Writers of Color, and events to introduce students to editors and agents. Internships, scholarships, and teaching fellowships are available.
The program offers two degree options: the MFA degree, with concentrations in either poetry or fiction, and the Joint MFA/PhD Degree, where candidates earn an MFA in Creative Writing (focused on either poetry or fiction) and continue on for a PhD in English Language and Literature.
The MFA in creative writing features an exciting curriculum in literature classes and creative writing workshops, as well as genre related courses in craft. Our program also offers graduate teaching fellowships and partial scholarships to our full and part-time students. Mentoring is an important aspect of our program, and students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty not only on their writing, but through our teaching fellowship program, which pairs students with faculty mentors. Our campus is located just 25 miles east of NYC, one of the most culturally enriched resources for anyone interested in the arts.
Hunter College - CUNY
The Creative Writing MFA is a full-time, two-year program in which students work closely with the distinguished writers who comprise the faculty.
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
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
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.
Our unique, non-tracking curriculum allows students to work in a variety of genres, to experiment with cross-genre writing, or to focus on a single genre with gifted teachers and mentors who are also award-winning authors. Manhattanville's campus provides a lush, quiet home and literary community to writers just 30 minutes from New York City. The program can be completed part-time, and evening and weekend courses are offered.
The New School
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.
New York University
The graduate Creative Writing Program at NYU consists of a community of writers working together in a setting that is both challenging and supportive.
New York University (low-res)
The MFA Writers Workshop in Paris constitutes an intimate creative apprenticeship that extends beyond traditional classroom walls. Over two years, students and faculty convene regularly in Paris for five intensive ten-day residency periods (held biannually in January and July).
The Pratt MFA 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
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
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. Francis College
Two, 10-day residencies convene in July and in January. Residencies consist of intensive faculty workshops, lectures, and daily publishing panels with top agents, editors, and publishers. The program offers genre tracks in fiction, popular fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting.
St. Joseph's College Brooklyn
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.
Stony Brook Southampton
Immerse yourself in your work while in the company of other serious writers at our seaside campus in the Hamptons. Enrollment in our workshops, led by distinguished authors, is capped at twelve. Unlike most MFA programs, ours does not track students into a single genre. We welcome full and part-time students, and offer a Manhattan Track to the MFA.
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
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
Our MA Certificate invites you to view writing as an investigative, exploratory process in its own right.
East Carolina University
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
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
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.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
We are one of the oldest MFA programs in the country. With an emphasis on studio time in which to study the writing of poetry or fiction, students also develop their talents through small classes in the arts. Workshops and individual conferences with faculty are the core of the curriculum.
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Our MFA program is an intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. It joins students who share a common passion and faculty members who provide critical support of their work. The faculty of the Department of Creative Writing view MFA students as colleagues-in-the-making, and consider it a privilege to teach here. Our invitation to successful candidates to join us should be regarded as an equal privilege. We do all we can to encourage a supportive community and to mentor our students toward successful lives as writers.
Warren Wilson College
The program is structured to meet students’ needs, to help them recognize specific strengths and address specific weaknesses in their work, and to encourage them to see themselves as active participants in the creation and study of literature.
Western Carolina University
The MA degree in English offers a choice of three concentrations: Literature, Professional Writing, or Rhetoric and Composition.
University of North Dakota
The academic atmosphere is intimate, class size for graduate courses is small, and students are encouraged to work closely with members of the graduate faculty.
Ashland University offers degree tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with cross-genre options. The program is characterized both by an insistence on high aesthetic standards for the creation of new literature and by an emphasis on a supportive community of writers.
Bowling Green State University
The MFA in Creative Writing gives a comprehensive and rigorous education in the professional writing, editing, and marketing of poetry and fiction. Artistic development, craft knowledge, and professional presentation are guiding principles. We offer support for all students.
John Carroll University
The MA in English is designed to provide a broad background in English literatures and to introduce students to methods of critical analysis and scholarly technique. We also offer two specializations: one in composition and rhetoric, the other in creative writing.
Small, intensive and supportive, merging a playful approach to contemporary experimentation with an ambitious exploration of literary traditions, Miami draws students from across the country and beyond to classes in creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, screenwriting, multimedia and performance writing.
Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA)
The NEOMFA is the only creative writing program that provides writers with the platform to hone creative skills, explore the finer details of the craft, and expand the scope of their creative energies across four universities in one single writing program.
The Ohio State University
The MFA at OSU is a fully funded three-year program, unparalleled in its commitment to the success of its students. The enthusiastic mutual support of current students and alumni is legion.
One of the first universities in the country to offer a PhD in Creative Writing, Ohio University continues as home to a thriving, widely respected graduate program with concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
University of Cincinnati
For graduate students, we offer an MA and a PhD. Students at all levels focus on either fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction.
Oklahoma City University
The Red Earth Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing @ Oklahoma City University offers you the opportunity pursue your writing without sacrificing your life. Our program connects you with experienced creative and professional writers who will nurture your creative talent in workshops and individual instruction. We also offer skills-courses to enrich your writing career: Writing Pedagogy, Professional Writing, and Literary Magazine Editing & Production. 10-day residencies, twice a year. Four semesters you complete at home.
Oklahoma State University
The BA, MFA, and PhD programs in creative writing focus on the vital relationship between fictional and poetic coursework in both writing and literary study.
University of Central Oklahoma
Students seeking the MA in English with a creative writing major pursue a program of study that includes both writing workshops and historically focused literature seminars.
University of Oklahoma
As the MA and PhD in English is a research degree as well as teaching apprenticeship, all students are expected to choose fields of specialization in which to focus their coursework and writing.
Eastern Oregon University
Innovative, intense, intimate. The new low residency MFA in Creative Writing combines the rigor and energy of small, focused workshops (5-7 students working with faculty mentors) in the heart of Northeast Oregon’s Grande Ronde Valley. If you value the real West over the resort town West, then join us in the low residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.
Oregon State University
This program features workshops and craft courses in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; faculty dedicated to teaching and one-on-one mentoring; full funding and tuition waiver for all students through GTA/GRA positions; a wide range of internship opportunities; a vibrant Visiting Writers Series; and a student-run literary magazine.
Oregon State University - Cascades
Oregon State University - Cascades Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing follows a mentor-based studio-research model, which is designed to provide students with the crucial combination of solitude and community artists need. After the excitement and intensity of biannual residency periods at Caldera Arts, the biannual mentorships provide a welcome change: concentrated periods of reading and reflection; focused, on-going dialogue with a mentor; and hours and hours of writing.
In a rigorous course of study and with an emphasis on the creative process, award-winning writers work closely with students to support and inspire emerging craft and voice.
Portland State University
Located in the center of one of the country’s most vibrantly literary cities, the Creative Writing MFA at Portland State University provides writers with opportunities for creative development with a core faculty of prominent authors.
University of Oregon
Students in our MFA Program work intensively with our faculty in regular individual tutorials and in small workshops. The Oregon MFA privileges the workshop, integrating concentrated time for writing with craft seminars and reading tutorials.
A low-residency program incorporating online workshops, one-on-one work with faculty members, and a residency spent in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students each produce a complete manuscript for their thesis, as well as a plan to publish it.
The MFA is a low-residency international program designed for students who want to be professional writers, to teach creative writing at the college level, or to enjoy the satisfaction of writing and reading in an individualized program.
Cedar Crest College
With 15-day summer residencies held exclusively in European cities—Dublin, Barcelona, Vienna—the Cedar Crest College low-residency MFA in Creative Writing offers writers the inspiration of place as they hone their craft with accomplished faculty mentors. The study of how location leads to artistic inspiration complements our workshops and one-on-one tutorials grounded in shaping the written word. Our students join an international community of authors with study in fiction, nonfiction, or poetic genres.
Chatham's Creative Writing MFA program stands out with opportunities that can be found nowhere else. No other MFA program in the United States offers the possibility of concentrations in travel writing, teaching, publishing, or nature writing in addition to a primary genre focus (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or children's writing).
Point Park University
Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts offers Downtown Pittsburgh's first low-residency Master of Fine Arts in writing for the screen and stage, a rigorous and challenging program taught by nationally recognized, award-winning screenwriters and playwrights.
The mission of Rosemont College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is to empower students with real-life skills and experiences that will enable them to achieve their professional and creative goals as writers, and to become productive contributors of larger writing communities as authors, teachers, publishers, and readers. We have envisioned a program where the students have opportunities to work with established and accomplished writers, editors, and industry professionals, in a variety of settings that allow our students to blossom and discover their own unique voices as writers. Rosemont College also offers a unique Double Degree program where students can earn both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Publishing.
Saint Joseph's University
The graduate writing studies program combines a traditional literature-based master’s degree with a creative writing program by offering a wide variety of courses and providing students with a highly flexible, unique academic experience.
Seton Hill University
Seton Hill’s unique online-supported residency program teaches writers to create, market, and teach the fiction that sells. It is designed for those authors who wish to write within the popular fiction genres such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery. Seton Hill’s program features a flexible online/residency format that allows students to earn a master of fine arts degree while working full-time, one-on-one mentoring by established writers, professors who are active and successful authors, a supportive writing community that continues after graduation, and the ability to write a full-length novel while earning a degree.
Temple’s MFA students work closely with faculty in fiction and poetry over the course of two years, taking small workshops and one-on-one tutorials, as well as special topics, literature, and craft classes. Students can also take electives in theater, film, and other graduate programs throughout the university. Our students have the city of Philadelphia and its many cultural offerings at their fingertips. We offer a small program experience in a thriving urban setting.
University of Pittsburgh
Ours is a three-year degree providing students with the time and opportunity to produce a book-length final manuscript. Our graduate writing faculty have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally through numerous publications and awards.
West Chester University
Our MA in English program focuses on the study of language, literature, rhetoric and composition, pedagogy, creative writing, and critical theory.
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.
Brown University Literary Arts is a place for collaboration, exploration and serious literary fun for innovators in fiction, poetry, digital language arts and cross-disciplinary forms.
Rhode Island College
Following coursework in Creative Writing, literature, and literary theory, graduate students complete a Master’s Thesis in Creative Writing under the guidance of one of four full-time faculty members, all of whom are published authors.
University of Rhode Island
The URI English Graduate Program educates men and women to enter a variety of professional fields. Graduates go on to careers in teaching, publishing, writing, film production, medicine, business, law, and various positions in academia.
Coastal Carolina University
CCU’s MA in Writing is a two-year program that offers courses in creative writing, composition/rhetoric, professional writing, literature, and linguistics. We provide project-based learning supported by an academic press, an acclaimed literary journal, and opportunities to teach college composition classes. Fall and Spring admission. Graduate assistantships available.
College of Charleston
The MFA in Creative Writing features separate Studio and Arts Management emphases with advanced degree training in the writing of poetry and fiction.
The MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year co-educational low residency program designed for serious, independent writers seeking advanced instruction in poetry, fiction, young adult fiction, and creative nonfiction through a non-traditional course of graduate study. The program’s emphasis on the mastery and understanding of writing skills and contemporary literature and craft, through the master-writer and apprentice mentoring relationship, offers students a stimulating and individually tailored curriculum of courses and projects.
University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina MFA blends the camaraderie of a small program with the resources of a large English department. Students work closely with well-published and supportive faculty and interact frequently with both internationally acclaimed and emerging visiting writers.
University of South Dakota
Because of the relatively small number of graduate students and the congenial atmosphere of the department, professors provide the support and guidance students need to be successful as graduate students and professionals.
Austin Peay State University
The graduate English program offers concentrations in literature and creative writing. Students benefit from small class sizes, classrooms equipped with smart technology, and a diverse faculty whose members are widely published.
Our MA in English helps writers tackle a major creative project while also receiving comprehensive professional experience. Courses offered in writing, literature, and pedagogy. Evening and online courses available.
Sewanee School of Letters
The School of Letters is a summers-only program that offers a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, focusing on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting.
The University of Memphis
The Creative Writing MFA brings together nationally recognized authors and a diverse, carefully selected group of students in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country.
The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree with three concentrations: Literary Study, Rhetoric and Writing, and Creative Writing.
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Degree candidates hone their skills as writers and grow as artists through rigorous application of craft, under the tutelage of our distinguished faculty of Creative Writing and our impressive series of visiting writers.
The MFA at Vanderbilt is a two-year program requiring four semesters of graduate work in writing workshops and seminars. Students enroll in a workshop and two seminars during each of their first three semesters. Then during the final semester, they work intensively on a creative thesis. The thesis is a substantial piece of creative writing: a novel, a collection of short stories or creative nonfiction, or a collection of poems.
Abilene Christian University
ACU’s Master of Arts in English can take your language and literature proficiency to the next level, offering specializations in creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and literature.
A concentration in creative writing on the MA is possible by taking at least two courses in creative writing and writing a creative thesis.
The MA in English prepares students for further graduate work, teaching, creative writing, or other related opportunities. Depending on career goals, the student chooses from one of three degree plans: thesis, creative thesis, or non-thesis.
Our Lady of the Lake University
This combined program prepares students to become critically engaged and socially aware scholars, writers, educators and professionals. For students who do not wish to pursue the combined MA-MFA, a traditional MA option is available.
Sam Houston State University
Founded in 2010, the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing is a 48-hour workshop-based residency program with three areas of concentration: fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
Stephen F. Austin State University
Each student develops a plan of study in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, who will be as flexible as possible in matching departmental standards and strengths with the student’s particular interests and abilities.
Texas State University
Featuring a distinguished faculty, an endowed chair held on a rotating basis by internationally known writers, a unique adjunct thesis faculty who will read and comment on your complete thesis manuscript, and an extensive visiting writers series.
Texas Tech University
Our MA and PhD programs in English with emphasis in creative writing offer students with exceptional ability and potential the chance to concentrate on their art and the rigorous academic study of literature. This powerful combination opens doors for many academic opportunities not available to typical MFA graduates.
University of Houston
As one of the leading cultural institutions in Texas and the Southwest, the Program offers poets, fiction writers, and non-fiction writers intensive training in both creative writing and literary studies.
University of Houston - Victoria
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low residency or entirely online degree program, depending on student needs, which focuses on the creation, critique, revision, and publication of creative literary works in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
University of North Texas
We offer a PhD with a focus in creative writing and an MA with a concentration in creative writing. At UNT, we’ve fostered a thriving literary community enriched by our Visiting Writers Series and by our national journal, American Literary Review.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin offers two different MFA degrees in creative writing: The Master of Fine Arts in English from the New Writers' Project and the interdisciplinary Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers.
University of Texas at Dallas
Graduate students may choose a creative writing emphasis in their overall degree program, or they may take creative writing courses to fulfill requirements in the Aesthetic Studies track, or they may choose creative writing courses as electives.
University of Texas at El Paso
Taking advantage of our geographic and cultural space, we have developed a unique online program as well as an on-campus bilingual program that seeks to include the many literary traditions of the Americas as the foundation for our students’ literary development.
University of Texas at San Antonio
The certificate is a 12 credit hour concentration available to degree-seeking students who have been admitted to any UTSA graduate program, as well as non-degree seeking graduate students who meet all the requirements.
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
UTRGV offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and translation in the unique culture of the borderlands. We offer a bilingual track in English and/or Spanish and a grad certificate in Mexican-American Studies.
Brigham Young University
Our two-year program offers workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction taught by award-winning faculty members. Opportunities abound to teach first-year and advanced writing courses, as well as complete an internship in the teaching of creative writing.
University of Utah
The Department of English offers two graduate degrees in Creative Writing: an MFA and a PhD that prepares students to pursue careers as teachers of writing. The creative writing faculty also sponsors an annual Guest Writers Series.
Utah State University
The master's degree in English offers a Literature and Writing specialization for students who wish to do advanced work in the fields of literary criticism, composition, rhetoric, and creative writing.
Weber State University
Designed for working professionals, WSU’s Master of Arts in English offers advanced preparation in the study of literature, language, creative writing and English education.
The Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars Low-Residency program can be seen as the response of the literary sensibility to the realities of modern life. It is an alternative time calculation, realistically reflecting the seasons and rhythms of a writer’s actual work habits.
In the Goddard College Creative Writing program, students work with faculty advisors to develop rigorous individualized study plans for finding and strengthening their creative voices and creative professional lives. The first low-residency writing program, the Goddard MFA supports students writing fiction, poetry, memoir, plays, screenplays, graphic novel scripts, and nonfiction. The faculty are professional, working authors and also devoted, effective teachers. Students can gain editing experience with the student-run Pitkin Review literary journal, and residencies include publishing workshops. The Goddard MFA includes the unique and rewarding teaching practicum, in which students teach creative craft in workshop, community, and college settings.
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Vermont College of Fine Arts is home to three MFA programs in writing: the Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Publishing. These programs are designed for students with a serious interest in deepening their craft and developing professional skills in writing. VCFA’s internationally acclaimed writing faculty are also committed and passionate teachers and mentors.
George Mason University
The master of fine arts in creative writing has three concentrations: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Admission is competitive.
Our intensive two-year studio/hybrid MFA program helps you find your way in an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement. We support college graduates who want to concentrate on craft and on reading the way writers do. The 24 students in this highly regarded program work successfully in poetry, short fiction, novels, and creative nonfiction—and between genres, too. We’re known for our strong sense of community and our lively co-curricular program. Our faculty take time to work with students. Hollins alums have a remarkably high record of publication: this is a program for people who really want to write.
Old Dominion University
In addition to taking workshops and craft courses with the MFA faculty, our students take courses with dynamic faculty who have expertise in American, British, and world literature, as well as literary theory, film studies, and rhetoric.
The Randolph College MFA program offers a two-year, low-residency degree in creative writing: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Randolph M.F.A. offers students access to award-winning writers who are passionate about teaching. Visit our website to learn more about The Randolph Difference!
University of Virginia
Our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is a two-year graduate degree in fiction or poetry writing. The program is full-time and workshop-based, with a small, but aesthetically diverse group of students and faculty. Annual fellowship and teaching income of $18,000 per year or more.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Nationally ranked three year program in poetry, fiction and duel genre with increased graduate teaching assistantships and new stipends ranging from $14,000-$22,000.
All students fully funded through Graduate Teaching Assistantships with annual stipends of $16,500. A three-year program in fiction and poetry; funding package includes full tuition remission and health insurance.
Eastern Washington University
The MFA at EWU Inland Northwest Center for Writers provides an intensive, two-year, pre-professional course of study in all three genres, with an emphasis on the practice of literature as a fine art. While it follows a studio-based model, the program is also intellectually rigorous, and includes course work in the study of literature from the vantage point of its composition and history.
Pacific Lutheran University
An innovative three-year, four-residency program provides a high-quality experience at a more leisurely pace, perfect for busy professionals and those who wish to take time to develop their work’s fullest potential.
Seattle Pacific University
The low-residency MFA at Seattle Pacific University is for apprentice writers who want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing and care about the relationship between faith and literature. For us, faith is not a shortcut or a warrant to produce didactic or sentimental work. We are inspired by a tradition of writing in which the highest standards of art, an open-eyed exploration of human experience, and a respect for transcendent mystery come together. That’s why our program is one of the most rigorous in the world. Our models are Augustine and Dante, Donne and Dostoevsky, Eliot and O’Connor.
University of Washington
Students participate in writing workshops in fiction and poetry, and undertake coursework in literary periods and types, and critical theory.
University of Washington - Bothell
Through an emphasis on poetics, or why we write how we write, we invite students to participate in a forum and laboratory that focuses on the pursuit of creative writing in a rapidly changing society.
Western Washington University
Our courses encompass and explore multiple cultural traditions, allowing our graduates to cultivate skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking.
West Virginia University
Founded in 2001, West Virginia University’s MFA Program is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, along the Monongahela River. Our program offers specializations in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. All students receive full funding and excellent teaching preparation, and workshop sizes are always small, usually capped at twelve. In addition to taking five workshops, including one out of genre, students work one-on-one with faculty mentors in preparing their theses: a book-length work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Write in the heart of Appalachia. Students in Wesleyan’s two-year low-residency program join an extraordinarily warm community every summer and winter residency for ten days before launching into a semester of student-centered apprenticeship in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Program highlights: uncommonly affordable; 1 to 4 faculty-student ratio; option of spending one residency in Ireland; secondary-genre concentration available; postgraduate teaching fellowship awarded to one alum each year; opportunity to explore place and identity in writing.
Mount Mary University
Mount Mary University’s Master of Arts in English coed program blends professional writing instruction with graduate-level fundamentals to create a unique graduate program.
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Founded in 2002, the Graduate Program in Creative Writing offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts Degree in the areas of fiction and poetry.
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Create on the shores of Lake Michigan at one of America’s first graduate English programs to grant both the MA and PhD with concentrations in Creative Writing.
University of Wyoming
The MFA program is an intensive two-year studio degree in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Special features include a flexible curriculum, cross-genre opportunities, opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and our Eminent Writers in Residence program.
The Creative Writing option within the MA in English provides professional training in the art and craft of writing with an advanced scholarly education in English literature. Like an MFA, our MA is centred on workshops which, combined with the creative thesis, comprise more than half of the program.
University of Alberta
MA students can pursue not only literary studies but also interests in film studies and creative writing in either the thesis-based MA or course-based MA.
University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Students in the FCCS/IGS MFA can focus on the Visual Arts, Media Arts, Creative Writing, or Performance (Theatre). They can also combine those disciplines and other academic disciplines to form an individualized program of study.
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Offering an unprecedented 11 genres for potential study, students work in a learner-centered, workshop-driven program which offers an exciting breadth of choices, award-winning faculty and a setting in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Take distance education classes online while remaining at home. Optional summer intensives on the Vancouver campus of UBC enable you to meet faculty and other students face-to-face, and provide a complement to the work performed online.
University of Calgary
We offer an MA or PhD in English with a Creative Writing option. This means they will be taking literature courses as well as writing workshops.
University of Guelph
Since September 2006, the University of Guelph has offered an exciting Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Creative Writing, located in the University of Guelph-Humber building on the north campus of Humber College in Toronto. We offer workshops in creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, and poetry.
University of King's College
The MFA is a two-year limited-residency program consisting of two summer residences in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a winter residency that alternates between New York and Toronto.
University of New Brunswick
The Department of English at UNB offers six graduate programs, including a PhD and MA in English with a focus on creative writing. Full-time students in all programs are eligible to be considered for funding from the UNB Faculty of Arts, which distributes funding on a competitive basis to the faculty's graduate students, and for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
University of Saskatchewan
The goal of the Masters of Fine Arts in Writing program is the training of a writer in the professional and creative aspects of the craft. To the study of poetry, fiction and playwriting, the program adds a variety of non-fiction genres.
University of Toronto
Internationally acclaimed writers, a multiplicity of cultural traditions, and an energetic publishing industry provide the environment for nurturing new talent.
University of Victoria
The two objectives are to create a publishable or producible body of work, as a Major Writing Project, in one of five genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, film and poetry) and to train students in the teaching of writing at the post-secondary level.
University of Windsor
The Literature and Creative Writing field allows students to combine graduate-level study of literature with advanced creative seminars and the writing of a significant, independent creative writing thesis project.