MA MFA On Campus

Creative Writing

Chatham University

24 months
22701 USD/year
22701 USD/year
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Chatham University’s Creative Writing program grows from the legacy of Rachel Carson '29, a creative writer known for her social conscience. Our students understand that writing is ultimately a public act with the power to effect meaningful change.


Their ideas, their convictions, their writing matters. We teach students to think deeply about their places, spaces and identities, to look within and around, and then connect to the world with care and intention. We offer concentrations in travel writing, nature writing, food writing, publishing, social engagement, and teaching/pedagogy to complement the traditional MFA/MA degree with genres in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s writing/young adult (low-residency only). 

Additionally, we offer an on-the-ground full-residency program and a low-residency (online mentorships + in-person residency) program, with the ability to move seamlessly between the two.

Explore the Creative Writing Degree:

The Creative Writing at Chatham University is a broad program of study designed to prepare students for careers as writers or positions requiring similar skills, such as editing, publishing, and content development for the web; to enable students to improve their writing through interaction with our faculty and other writing students; and to become experienced critics of literary works.

Programme Structure

    Courses Included:

  • The Craft of Creative Writing: Multiple Genres
  • Practicum: Fourth River
  • Travel Writing
  • The Art and Craft of the Lyric
  • Readings in Contemporary Lyricism
  • Readings in Prose and Poetry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • we will continue to accept applications after the deadline as long as there is space available in the program.


36 SCH
  • 36-42


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Probationary admission may be granted for applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0 who show extreme promise through their other achievements.) Six credits of undergraduate courses in writing are recommended, but not required.
  • Online application
  • Admissions Essay
  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • Two official letters of recommendation, preferably written by former writing teachers or professors who know your writing
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Creative writing sample in your primary genre ranging from 10-20 pages (maximum).  It can be one creative work or several pieces combined. Please provide on standard 8 ½ x 11 paper. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22701 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45402 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    22701 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45402 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Pittsburg

1100 - 1600 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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