MFA Online

Creative Nonfiction Writing

24 months
775 USD/credit 15112 USD/year
775 USD/credit 15112 USD/year
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The no-residency MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing program at Bay Path University is designed to help aspiring writers turn their personal story into publishable prose. Created for women and men at all stages of their writing careers, the program allows students to study online with faculty mentors in a way that bends to the shape of their lives.


Our award-winning MFA faculty at Bay Path University are accomplished memoirists, journalists, food and travel writers, editors, and publishers with a wealth of real-world expertise. Work with a New York Times bestselling memoirist on the memoir you’ve always wanted to write. 

Discover your inner journalist with renowned magazine editors and newspaper columnists. Write about the life of the spirit with a recent winner of the Best American Spiritual Writing Award. Explore the world of travel and food writing with an author of numerous travel books. Learn the art of writing family histories with a literary anthology editor.

Creative Nonfiction Writing program at Bay Path University

  • Classes start every January, May, and August
  • Convenient schedule, take courses full or part-time (39 credits)
  • The flexible 100% online format has no residency requirement.
  •  Students learn in a small, intimate, highly dynamic and interactive online community .

Career opportunities

Professional writers are prepared for careers in a variety of fields including journalism, marketing, advertising, and public relations.

  • Author
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Journalist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Nature and Environmental Writing
  • Travel and Food Writing for Publication
  • Reading as a Writer
  • Reading and Writing about Culture, Race, and Identity
  • Womens Spiritual Writing through the Ages
  • Generational Histories Writing About Family

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application -
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from an accredited institution (a 3.0 GPA or grades at the “B” level or higher in English and/or writing classes)
  • An original essay of at least 250 words on the topic: “Why I am interested in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and what I will bring to the program as a learner and writer.” (a personal statement of no more than one page)
  • One 10-page writing sample or two 5-page writing samples (personal essay, profile, column, or article)
  • Two recommendations - 
  • An interview with the program director

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15112 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 775 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15112 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 775 USD per credit during 24 months.


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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