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English - Creative Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #863 (BCR) , CA,
The M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing is a 30-unit course of study in the writing of fiction, poetry, or plays, with requirements evenly divided between writing workshops (9 semester hours), literature courses (9 semester hours) and Creative Process courses (9 semester hours). Also required is a creative thesis (3 semester hours). 

About

M.A. Creative Process course topics include the following: Characterization, Contemporary Non-Fiction, Centering on Language, Elements of Playwriting, Experimental Fiction, Feminist Poetics, The Novella, and The Prose Poem.The M.A. degree offers students the opportunity to focus on ambitious, constructive exploration of creative written work; central to this exploration is the study of diverse works of literature. Since the M.A. degree is required for the Community College Teaching Credential in California, some students also apprentice themselves in the teaching of writing--as Teaching Assistants working for units within the department, or as workshop leaders in community organizations. Some of our students take the sequence of composition courses in the English Department in addition to their degree requirements.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Advanced Short Story Writing
  • Advanced Poetry Writing
  • Developing the Novel
  • Novel Writing
  • Directed Writing for Graduate Students
  • Independent Study
  • Graduate Projects in the Teaching of Creative Writing
  • The Business of Creative Writing
  • Seminar in the Creative Process 1
  • Contemporary World Poetry
  • Writers on Writing
  • Playwright's Theatre Workshop
  • Fourteen Hills Literary Magazine 2
  • Poetry Center Workshop
  • Practicum in Teaching
  • Teaching Creative Writing
  • Craft of Translation
  • Community Projects in Literature 2
  • Independent Study

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

The general university admission requirements are:

  • Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. If you were educated outside of the United States, you must have earned a degree or diploma that SFSU considers to be the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
  • Have the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 GPA or "B" average. Your overall marks, average exam scores or average grade earned should be better than average or better than passing.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    3588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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