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Creative Writing, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The MFA in Creative Writing is a small, intensive one-year program.). The goal of the program is to help each of our students become better writers of original prose and poetry and to produce readers, critics, poets, and writers of the highest quality. The program prepares writers to become better critics of their own work and others’ and to teach.


Most notably, however, our program offers to poets and fiction writers in a single year (usually including summer study) a rigorous combination of literary study and focus on craft equivalent to what other MFA programs accomplish in two years. 

Our program also offers practical experience in teaching creative writing at the high school or undergraduate level through teaching fellowships. Such an intensive curriculum is only possible because of the dedication, talent and energy of the students who choose to attend the BU MFA Program. The accelerated nature of the program creates close bonds between each year’s cohorts of poets and fiction writers, who also benefit from the intellectual and artistic stimulation of being part of a large university in one of the most lively and beautiful cities in the United States. 

Finally, our students have the opportunity for world language study, including the option of taking BU’s renowned Translation Seminar, culminating in a Global Fellowship that affords them the opportunity for travel, writing, and study for a period of up to three months anywhere outside of the United States.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Fiction Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Poetry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

General Requirements

  • A writing sample (for poetry, submit 10 poems; for fiction, submit no more than 40 double-spaced pages; if you submit stories, submit more than one)
  • A personal statement, roughly 2-4 pages in length
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommenders must upload letters online.
  • An updated CV.
  • Transcripts from any college or university you have previously attended (even if no degree was earned)
  • Optional: examination scores from the GRE General Test. 

For International Applicants:

  • You must supply additional paperwork, and in some cases, scores from the TOEFL exam

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Once admitted, every student gets financial help: a full tuition and a stipend. A part of the stipend is the payment for teaching a course at BU, usually an introduction to creative writing for BU’s undergraduates or at the nearby Boston Arts Academy, a pilot public school. All admitted students are qualified for a Global Fellowship upon completion of their degree requirements, which allows them to travel for two or three months anywhere outside of the United States. In recent years everyone who applied received such a fellowship. That is our way of launching you into the world.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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