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Advanced Creative Writing Certificate Post-Graduate MFA Program

Build on your MFA with an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing

Ready to finish your story? The Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing is a low-residency program designed for students who have already completed an MFA in creative writing and wish to revise, reconceive or complete a creative manuscript.

The program has tracks in fiction and nonfiction. You’ll also have the option of choosing one of two supplementary tracks: 

  1. Book business and self-promotion; or
  2. Teaching of composition

If you haven’t earned your MFA, and would like to enroll in one of our online or campus programs, check out our graduate writing options:

See Yourself Succeed with an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing at SNHU

Mountainview’s Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing will give you the tools and resources you need to draft, edit or revise your manuscript.

  • An award-winning, nationally-recognized faculty
  • A curriculum designed to help each student revise an excellent, publishable book
  • A vibrant and supportive creative writing community
  • Biannual residencies at the picturesque Mountain View Grand
  • Visiting authors, agents, and editors in attendance at each residency
  • Awards and scholarships
  • Highly competitive tuition costs
  • No GRE required

Admission Requirements

To qualify for this program, all applicants must first successfully complete one of the following:

SNHU requires an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission.

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our two 22-week graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within 2 weeks of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply begin by completing our online application form.

How to apply

  1. Submit the Program Application Form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the college or university that conferred your MFA degree. Please have electronic transcripts sent to If you received your MFA at SNHU, you do not need to submit a transcript.
  3. Submit a 20- to 30-page, double-spaced writing sample, using 12 pt. font, in fiction or nonfiction. If fiction, your writing sample may consist of a novel excerpt, a story or multiple stories. If nonfiction, it may consist of a memoir excerpt, a creative essay or multiple creative essays.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer credits from a previously completed creative writing MFA program as appropriate. But transfer credits may not be applied to Creative Manuscript I or Creative Manuscript II, as the main focus of the advanced certificate program is advanced-level work on a creative manuscript that builds on the work already completed on a creative manuscript in an MFA program.


The Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing offers a supportive community of experts and peers who can help you craft your story. Our full-time faculty members have won numerous awards – including two Whiting Awards – published bestsellers, had their work featured in Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and received international acclaim in every literary category from young adult to lyric essay to crime. Their work appears in such forums as The New York Times Magazine and Best American Short Stories. In our mentorship-based teaching model, faculty work one-on-one with students, helping each student find a literary voice, master craft and produce a manuscript worthy of publication.

The program takes one year to complete. Students attend two residencies (one in June, one in January) and enroll in two semesters, each approximately 5-months long, with the outcome of revising, reconceiving or completing a creative manuscript of the highest possible literary merit, ideally ready to be represented by an agent for publication.

Advanced Creative Writing Certificate Cost

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more.

This certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking alternatives to federal financial aid can explore tuition assistance, grants and scholarships, as well as private loans. To learn more about private loans, visit our Funding Your Education with Student Loans page.

MFA Program



$7,463/Term; $497.53/Credit

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University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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