Nonfiction is the art of telling real stories - ones that people can learn from, relate to and understand. It covers a wide range of styles and subjects, encompassing everything from the personal essay, autobiography and memoirs to travel writing and magazine features. Study compelling storytelling in this Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction online program at Southern New Hampshire University and learn to combine research and personal experiences with your own narrative voice.
You'll learn how and why writers craft nonfiction narratives. The tools they use, shared by fiction writers, will become yours, and you'll develop factual material based on research and experiences of your own - or someone else's. The creative writing master's degree can help you gain insights into publishing, broadcasting and professional production while you explore your creative boundaries and perfect your craft. At the culmination of the program, you'll develop your own professional-quality piece of nonfiction, one that takes you deep into subjects that matter to you and helps you develop the skills you need for great storytelling.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MA in creative writing online at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 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.
Candidates must also submit a personal statement. 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.
Graduates with a creative writing master's degree could see career opportunities expand. This program does more than just expose you to literature and new writing skills - you can apply the communications skills you learn directly to many professions, from journalism to marketing.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of writers and authors is expected to grow by 8% through 2026.* Opportunities for the nonfiction writer are everywhere -magazines, newspapers, books, the Internet and more.
The online creative writing degree curriculum exposes you to powerful examples of compelling nonfiction and provides you with an outlet to experiment and refine your skills. Courses are taught by instructors with deep insights into the field.
Total Credits: 36
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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.