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Creative Writing

Emerson College

12 months
1296 USD/credit 38880 USD/year
1296 USD/credit 38880 USD/year
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We know writing is your life. That’s why the Creative Writing program of Emerson College focuses on the actual practice of writing, as well as its literary foundations. As one of the longest-running programs, it boasts some of the most impressive faculty in writing and publishing, is home to two award-winning literary journals, and is strongly connected to the Boston publishing community.


About the Program

Choosing from the areas of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, during the Creative Writing program of Emerson College you will explore writing as both an art form and a professional pursuit.

You'll have the chance to:

  • Improve your writing and develop your unique literary voice while exploring the history and context of your genre;
  • Take elective workshops in topics from fiction to nonfiction, poetry to screenwriting, digital to traditional publishing, and everything in between; and
  • Gain experience outside the classroom, from teaching creative writing in our Writing Studies Program to editing journals such as Ploughshares and Redivider.

By the time you graduate, you will have completed a professional thesis—a novel or novel excerpt; nonfiction book or excerpt; or a collection of poems, short stories, or essays—ready for consideration by agents and publishing houses or for digital publication.

Careers & Connections

Our students are offered opportunities to teach writing through the Writing Studies Program, edit literary journals including Ploughshares and Redivider, work as interns at Boston publishing houses and magazines, and teach creative writing to high school students from the greater Boston community through emersonWRITES. Students participate in Emerson’s Graduate Reading Series and the inter-MFA program Breakwater Reading Series to showcase their own work. A close relationship with the MA in Publishing and Writing program allows students to improve their professional skills (copyediting, book design, digital publishing, etc.) and develop lasting connections with the publishing and editorial world. Emerson offers everything aspiring writers need to hone their talents and refine their craft in a world-class city brimming with professional and artistic opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses offered:

  • Nonfiction Workshop
  • Writing the Nonfiction Book
  • Column Writing
  • Magazine Writing
  • Topics in Nonfiction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All non-U.S. transcripts must be sent to an evaluation agency.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application.
  • Submit a maximum of 15 pages (double-spaced) of fiction or nonfiction or a maximum of 15 pages of poetry.
  • Include your professional and educational history.
  • This program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1296 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    38880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1296 USD per credit during 12 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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