Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 

Become an experienced fiction writer or poet with the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Refine your individual voice and technique, and gain the critical skills needed to realize your creative vision. Students graduate with a fully formed manuscript, written with hands-on guidance from the department’s accomplished faculty members and visiting authors. Through the program, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for submission to literary journals, publishers and agents.

The Creative Writing MFA provides you with essential resources to hone your craft, including

  • courses ranging from special topics to craft classes;
  • graduate seminars in the arts, humanities and literature;
  • one-on-one manuscript tutorials; and
  • small writing workshops; among others.

Benefit from the insights and advice of distinguished novelists and poets who attend residencies as part of the Visiting Writers Program in the College of Liberal Arts. During these residencies, guest authors 

  • attend workshops;
  • give readings of their work;
  • meet with students individually during conferences; and
  • read student manuscripts in their genre.

Graduates of the Creative Writing MFA have gone on to be published by numerous trade and small presses, and their works have earned grants, prizes and residencies. Earning an MFA in creative writing can lead to work in several areas, including advertising, arts administration, book and magazine editing, journalism, grant writing, public relations, and teaching, public relations.

Program Format & Curriculum

The 33-credit Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing may be completed full-time or part-time. The program comprises four writing workshops, one-on-one tutorials, five craft and special topics courses, and one elective.

Courses include the following.

  • Craft in Creative Writing
  • Early American Literature
  • Early British Literature
  • Composition Research Methods
  • History of Critical Theory
  • Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • Translation Study

Students are also required to complete a master’s project of fiction (at least 100 pages) or poetry (at least 50 pages) during their fourth term.

Learn more about courses and requirements in the creative writing MFA.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Fine Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $942.00 per year
Out-of-state: $,1297.00 per year


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