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Writing Popular Fiction, M.F.A.

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Greensburg, PA, United States
This one-of-a-kind Writing Popular Fiction program from Seton Hill University teaches writers to create – and market – the fiction that sells. It is designed for new or experienced authors who wish to write within popular fiction genres such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery in the adult or young adult markets.
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Overview

Seton Hill’s flexible, low-residency format allows you to:

  • Earn a master of fine arts degree while working full-time or caring for a family. 
  • Develop a novel-length writing project in a genre of your choice.
  • Enjoy courses, workshops and one-on-one mentoring by established writers.
  • Become part of an active, supportive writing community. 

Careers

As a student in this program, you will learn the business of freelance writing, from establishing your brand name as genre author to finding agents and submitting to book publishers. Seton Hill's Writing Popular Fiction Program also provides training in the teaching of writing as a potential career option (graduates with an M.F.A. are equipped to teach at the postsecondary level), in addition to fostering careers in:

  • Publishing 
  • Editing 
  • Bookselling 
  • Marketing 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Readings in the Genre 
  • Writers’ Residency 
  • Term Writing Project
  • Teaching Pop Fiction and Writing 
  • Writing About Popular Fiction
  • Capstone Writing Project 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    39 alternative credits
  • 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:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Summarize your experience writing.
  • Describe the nature of your intended novel-length project and identify its genre.
  • What background do you have in your chosen genre?
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Official transcript(s) from any institution(s) in which postbaccalaureate or graduate course work was taken.
  • Evidence of ability to do graduate work as indicated by a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by appropriate professionals.
  • An official course evaluation report from the World Education Service (WES) for all university courses taken.

Tuition Fee

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    787 USD/credit
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  • National

    787 USD/credit
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Living costs for Greensburg

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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