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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing

Every writer has a story to tell—at Monmouth, we give you the tools to bring it to life. With our full-residency 48-credit M.A./M.F.A. dual degree program in Creative Writing, you will prepare for your dream career in the literary world by training directly with published, award-winning faculty. Through flexible course offerings, you can choose to study fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as desired, and may also pursue interests in crime novels, thrillers, romance, fantasy, and more.

Our intensive and pragmatic program gives you an advantage over your peers by focusing on developing your craft, your network, and your resume. After completing their M.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration, Monmouth’s M.F.A. students will immerse themselves in an additional 18 credits of intensive creative writing study that includes the completion of a book-length Creative Thesis. Students will also benefit from personalized learning, advanced craft seminars, networking opportunities, and rigorous career preparation, including an internship program and the opportunity to gain teaching experience by working as an adjunct professor during the program.

You are eligible to participate in the M.F.A. program if you have obtained a Master of Arts (M.A.) in English from Monmouth University and demonstrate a proficiency for creative writing through a thesis or equivalent work. For more information about the M.A. in English program, click here.

Program Director & Faculty

Melissa Febos, M.F.A.

Phone:
732-571-3623

Expand Your Network

Monmouth’s close proximity to cultural hubs such as New York City and Philadelphia provide our students with distinctive opportunities to attend conferences, participate in competitive internships, and network with local professionals. Our M.F.A. students learn outside the classroom with career advice from authors, editors, agents, and more. Plus, Monmouth hosts a Visiting Writers Series, which brings renowned writers to campus for panels, readings, and Q&As. Recent participants include Marlon James, Joyce Carol Oats, and Mary Karr.

Learn From Esteemed Professionals

Students of the M.F.A. program at Monmouth have direct access to highly regarded members of the literary field. Our faculty have published award-winning works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and regularly attend literary conferences and readings across the nation. By working closely with faculty to brainstorm, craft, and edit a final thesis project, our students receive the unique expertise and insider knowledge that can only be provided from accomplished professionals in the field.

Program Application Requirements

For students applying for the dual M.A./M.F.A. degree program, Monmouth requires:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, 15 or more credits in literature or a related field, and at least one course in creative writing (strongly recommended)
  • An application essay: 1,500 words describing their interest in creative writing, intent to continue study toward the M.F.A., what they hope to accomplish in the M.A. program, and how they think the program will fit into their academic and career goals
  • A creative writing sample: 15 – 20 pages of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama writing
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters from current or former professors recommended; if these are unavailable, letters may be sought from current colleagues, or a current or recent supervisor.

Only students that have an overall graduate GPA of 3.25 at the completion of the M.A. in English Creative Writing program and have been approved by the program director will continue.

For current or former Monmouth University M.A. in English Creative Writing students applying to the third-year M.F.A. degree program, Monmouth requires:

  • Possession of a master’s degree in English with a minimum 3.25 overall GPA, at least 12 credits in creative writing, and a creative thesis or equivalent
  • An application essay of 1,000 words describing your interest in creative writing, what you hope to accomplish in the program, and how you think the program will fit into your academic and career goals
  • A creative writing sample: 15 – 20 pages of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama writing
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters from current or former professors recommended; if these are unavailable, letters may be sought from current colleagues, or a current or recent supervisor.
  • Interview with the program director may be required.

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