MA in English & Creative Writing

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Cultivate Your Love for the Written Word

Communication is the connective tissue that weaves together society and culture. Earn your master's in English and Creative Writing degree online and learn to effectively share your ideas. By studying literature and the way accomplished authors have perfected their art, you will learn ways to improve your craft. By earning this specialized master's degree in English and Creative Writing, you will develop an ability to communicate well with any path you choose to follow. Excelling in the business world, starting your novel or collection of poetry, or mapping the movie you dream of filming can all start here.

Southern New Hampshire University’s master's in English and Creative Writing degree online will take you on a deep, exploratory dive into the world of literature and writing. Expand your understanding of writing of all types, knowing that the more you appreciate this craft, the better your writing will become.

Regardless of your educational background, your love for the written word will blossom in this highly focused master's degree in English and Creative Writing program:

  • Improve your writing on a professional level, pushing your ability to new heights.
  • Develop your craft in the company of like-minded people - students and faculty with a passion for all forms of writing who want to move people with their words.
  • Further your career or prepare for a new professional path in journalism, publishing, copywriting, screenwriting, poetry, communications, law, teaching and more.

The master's in English and Creative Writing degree online is ideal if you are interested in pursuing your Ph.D. or teaching at the collegiate level. Established, certified teachers will improve their understanding of reading and writing while earning a master's that could increase their earning potential.

An Advanced Focus on Creative Writing Online

As a student in the master’s in English and Creative Writing online degree program at SNHU, you will learn critical reading and creative writing skills that will satisfy creative and career goals.

The analysis and writing skills you learn in these concentrations translate into personal satisfaction, career potential and teaching ability. Leverage the experience of the professional writers who teach your master's in English and Creative Writing degree online courses. SNHU is a writers’ destination - home to undergraduate creative writing degrees, an MFA in writing and the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, as well as the destination for nationally recognized best-selling authors to lecture and perform readings. At the culmination of the master's degree in Creative Writing program, you will have developed a professional-level manuscript in your chosen genre.

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Advantages of SNHU’s Master’s in English and Creative Writing Online

Grow your literature analysis and writing skills with the Master's in English and Creative Writing degree online. Learn from creatively and professionally accomplished online faculty and enjoy all of the advantages that every SNHU student enjoys:

  • Earn your master's in English and Creative Writing degree online from an accredited university.
  • No GRE, GMAT or undergraduate degree in English required for admission.
  • Convenient online classes fit your demanding schedule.
  • Set yourself apart in a competitive market with a specialized master's degree in English and Creative Writing, improving writing and creative skills.
  • Earn your master's in English and Creative Writing degree online in as few as 15 months, with two courses per 10-week term.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Additional requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (can be in a discipline outside of the intended MA degree program).
  • Statement of Purpose: 200-500 words explaining why you wish to enter the program.
  • Writing Sample:  Minimum 3-5 pages (i.e. research paper, creative work, critical analysis of a literary piece, or work from previous academic studies).

Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance. Based on your educational background, some Master of Arts provisional students may be required to take SNHU 501 – Introduction to Graduate Studies – which will provide students with the scholarly tools to be successful in their Master of Arts program of study. This policy is effective for new students enrolling for the 15TW4 graduate term starting April 27, 2015.


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