Let the power of storytelling take your career to new heights with SNHU's online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. As one of the only programs available that encourages a focus on genre fiction, SNHU's online MFA lets you hone your craft in an area specific to your strengths and interests. You'll also learn about the business side of creative writing, preparing you to market your work in the real world.
While most MFA programs require a residency, meaning time away from your current job and busy schedule, SNHU's online MFA can be completed entirely online with no travel necessary. And with the included certificates in either the Online Teaching of Writing or Professional Writing, you'll have the skills to support your writing career.
Whereas traditional MFA programs shy away from genre fiction, SNHU’s online MFA will support you in writing the novel or story collection of your choice. By encouraging writers to focus on sci-fi, young adult, fantasy, romance and more, online MFA students gain experience in the genres that are in high demand by publishers.
There's more to a career in writing than perfecting your craft. You also need to learn how to get your work into readers' hands. That's why SNHU's online MFA program puts a strong focus on the practical skills you'll need to succeed. You'll have the opportunity to learn how to:
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 admission counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Additional requirements for the online MFA include a creative writing sample (8-12 pages) and a personal statement. Writing samples will be evaluated on narrative technique and structure, character and setting, and the command and execution of language.
Looking for a low-residency or MA program? Check out our other graduate writing options:
Besides allowing a genre focus of your choice, SNHU’s online MFA lets you choose from two certificate offerings designed to round out your education and better prepare you for a writing-related career. Choose from Teaching of Writing, which is tailored to those who see themselves in a classroom setting, or Professional Writing, which highlights the technical and business opportunities available to writers.
All of our courses are taught by accomplished authors who know both the craft and business of creative writing. They will work closely with you to develop both your creative and professional skill set.
Total Credits: 48
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)
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