University of San Francisco

30 months
1480 USD/credit
1480 USD/credit
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The Writing program offered by University of San Francisco aims to cultivate tomorrow’s writers in the literary epicenter of the west coast.


The Writing degree at University of San Francisco offers graduate students an intimate, personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco’s vibrant, eclectic literary scene. 

the program is designed to instruct writers in creative techniques, nurture their individual development and vision, and help them thrive in the larger community of writers.

Graduates with Writing from University of San Francisco will be able to:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals of artistic composition and craft
  • ability to read as writers, analyzing in works by published authors the ways in which literary meaning is made
  • ability to evaluate and analyze the techniques and intentions of literary manuscripts and to participate in constructive critical discussion of such works
  • preparation for entry into the public life of literature, which includes locating their own work in the context of contemporary literary practice, preparing their work according to professional standards, teaching creative writing, and participating in diverse literary

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Word for Word
  • Developments in the Novel
  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Forms of Writing
  • Evolution of the Short Story
  • Contemp. Experiments/fiction
  • Poetry International
  • Topics in Writing
  • Intention and Design in Prose
  • Techniques of Long Fiction
  • The Craft of Short Fiction
  • Truth, Ethics, and Memory
  • Prosody: Meaning/Poetic Form
  • Style in Fiction
  • Blurred Boundaries:Beyond Genr
  • Nonfiction Theory & Technique

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines




33 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Certification of Finances
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Transcript (Academic Record) from each university or college attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1480 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    1480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1480 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.


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