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Creative Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #863 (BCR) , CA,
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a 54 unit program which consists of writing workshops as well as creative process and/or literature courses. It also requires a 12 unit correlative, a cluster of courses related to your special interests.

About

The M.F.A. degree takes about three years for a full time student to complete; M.F.A. students can attend part time and have seven years in which to complete all the requirements for their degree. The M.F.A. is the terminal degree in creative writing. If your goal is to teach creative writing at the four year college or university level, you will need an M.F.A. degree in addition to book publication; now, many community colleges also hire M.F.A.s to teach in their English Programs. The M.F.A. will, like the M.A., prepare you for an English Ph.D. program.

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • 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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  • 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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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).

General Requirements

  • hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authority;
  • be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • have a 3.0 GPA in their earned undergraduate degree or in the last 60-semester (90-quarter) units completed, or have earned a post-baccalaureate degree; and
  • meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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