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Creative Writing, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #571 (QS) , MA,
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Massachussetts Boston is a selective three-year program that admits approximately five applicants in fiction and five in poetry each academic year. Every student receives financial support from the university.

About

The Creative Writing program from University of Massachussetts 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 and the teaching of creative writing, students will have the guidance to develop and shape their work to the full extent of their talent. 

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

Career

Our students take advantage of our relationships with community programs and institutions like 826Boston, Veterans Upward Bound, Harvard University’s Woodberry Poetry Room, the Boston Athenaeum, and Grub Street.

They work for literary magazines and presses including Consequence, Hanging Loose, University of Massachusetts Press, Breakwater Review, and Broadsided, and start and run their own literary magazines. They teach undergraduate creative writing classes at UMass Boston and continuing education classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Our students and graduates publish widely, and find jobs they love. Most importantly, they’re happy they chose UMass Boston.

Programme Structure

  • Four MFA writing workshops. 
  • Three seminars in literature 
  • Three  electives 
  • Two  thesis workshops, culminating in a capstone MFA thesis of 48-64 pages of poetry, or 75-120 pages of fiction. The thesis will be written under the supervision of a thesis advisor, read by a thesis committee of at least three members, and subject to a public thesis defense.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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:

    79

    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

  • GPA
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Online Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17466 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    8948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8948 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    14529 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14529 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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