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Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (QS) , CA,
Located in the center of San Francisco, the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at USF offers graduate students an intimate, personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco’s vibrant, eclectic literary scene.

About

The Master of Fine Arts in Writing program offers graduate students an intimate, personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco’s vibrant, eclectic literary scene. Founded in 1986, 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.

Our two-and-a-half-year program offers workshops and literature seminars in the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The distinctive design of the program emphasizes the connection between reading and the students’ own writing and fosters collegial relationships among faculty and students in small classes. All courses are taught by accomplished practicing writers, so that both literature seminars and workshops pay detailed attention to craft.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developments in the Novel
  • The Architecture of Prose
  • Evolution of the Short Story
  • Contemporary Experiments in Fiction
  • The Techniques of Long Fiction
  • The Craft of Short Fiction
  • Style in Fiction

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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General Requirements

  • Writing Sample: The writing sample, the most heavily weighted component of the application, should comprise no more than 20 pages of writing in the genre in which you are applying (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry).
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Résumé: Your resume includes work and life experience, outside interests, and any writing, published or unpublished, that you would like the admissions committee to know about.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1385 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1385 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1385 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1385 USD per module and a duration of 24 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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