36 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston's Creative Writing MFA is a highly selective, 3-year creative writing master's program. UMass Boston is Boston’s only public research university and the most diverse university in New England. 


The Creative Writing program at University of Massachusetts Boston offers an intense and focused opportunity for students to further their commitment to writing as the center of their professional lives. 

Through a combination of mentoring by accomplished faculty in a series of creative writing workshops, courses focused on the study of literature offered through the English MA Program, and electives that include the practice of literary editing, the teaching of creative writing, digital poetics, documentary poetics, the art of memoir, and more—students will have the guidance to develop and shape their work to the full extent of their talent. 

After three years in the program, their will be prepared to sustain their commitment to contemporary literature as writers, readers, editors, and teachers.

Career Paths & Professional Possibilities

  • As an English major, the skills you develop and the tasks you practice are valuable and marketable assets for any career. If English was a natural choice and you want to work in education, journalism, publishing, or as a writer, there are many more options and opportunities than you may expect. 
  • However if you're less certain that an English major is the right choice for you, you should know that there are more career paths and professional possibilities available to English majors than ever before, leading to jobs in advertising/marketing, law, information technology, business management, and more.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MFA Poetry Workshop
  • Memoir Workshop
  • Literary Editing and Publishing
  • The Teaching of Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Internship
  • Special Topics in Creative Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 3.0 GPA overall and in the student’s major
  • Three substantive and detailed letters of recommendation, at least two from former teachers familiar with the applicant’s most recent academic and creative work
  • A 3-5 page personal statement focusing on the role of the candidate’s reading life in his or her development as a writer. (Note: The general Graduate Admissions application refers to this as a statement of interests and intent. They are one and the same.)
  • Applicants must indicate whether they are applying in FICTION or POETRY in their Statement of Purpose. If you want to apply in both genres, include one writing sample in FICTION and one in POETRY and indicate in the Statement of Purpose that the application is for both.
  • A writing sample of 10 manuscript pages of poetry or 20 manuscript pages of fiction
  • GREs are encouraged but not required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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


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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