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Creative Writing

Seattle Pacific University

12 months
595 USD/credit 17850 USD/year
595 USD/credit 17850 USD/year
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The low-residency MFA at Seattle Pacific University is a Creative Writing program for apprentice writers—both Christians and those of other traditions—who not only want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing but also place their work within the larger context of the Judeo-Christian tradition of faith.


Each Creative Writing student from Seattle Pacific University will choose a specialization in one of three genres—fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry—and complete a thesis under the direction of a faculty mentor. It is possible to study two genres in our program, but only under certain conditions. 

First, prospective students must successfully apply and be admitted to the program in a single genre. Then, after a year of study (and if the student is in good standing) it is possible to apply to study a second genre. If that application is successful, the student will focus on the second genre in a third, full year of study in the program. Therefore, we only accept new applicants to our program in a single genre.

About this degree

We believe that our program will appeal to writers for whom matters of faith are central. We also intend to cultivate reading and writing as spiritual disciplines. We are convinced that writers flourish best when they engage in a sustained dialogue with the great literature that has come before them. Therefore, our program maintains a strong emphasis on reading classic works from the writers of faith, and responding to them in a series of critical papers.

Unlike many MFA programs, ours focuses not only on matters of craft but also on the importance of vision. We believe that great writing is not merely an act of self-expression, but a single-minded effort to do justice in the world, to do justice to the world.


SPU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Workshop 
  • All & Faith
  • Tutorial 
  • Craft
  • Final MS
  • MS & Reading

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • At least two letters of recommendation.
  • Complete official transcripts from any college or university you’ve attended.
  • A 3.0 or better GPA in your most recent 45 quarter credits, or in all undergraduate work.
  • A passing score on the entrance exam for your program.
  • Satisfaction of program-specific entrance requirements.
  • Payment of the application fee of $50 or $75, depending on the program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 595 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    17850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 595 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Seattle

1480 - 2580 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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