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 30-credit 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.
Application deadlines for this program are May 1 for Summer, July 15 for Fall, and December 1 for Spring. View Program Application Requirements.
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.
Expand Your NetworkMonmouth’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 apprentice as research assistants for acclaimed authors. Our M.F.A. students get up-close exposure to editors and agents and have worked closely with authors like Alexandra Kleeman, and Sarah Gerard, among others.
Plus, Monmouth hosts a Visiting Writers Series and an M.F.A. Reading Series, which brings renowned writers to campus for panels, readings, and craft talks. Recent participants include Marlon James, Joyce Carol Oats, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kevin Young, Liz Moore, Megha Majumdar, Colm Tóibín, and Wayetu Moore.
Visiting Writers SeriesMonmouth University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writers Series brings the most celebrated poets and authors from around the world and our own back yard to the University’s the historic Great Hall. With our Visiting Writers Series, we hope the audience will experience a renewed sense of their relationship to poetry and fiction, to language, and to be moved emotionally by that writer’s representation of what it means to be a human being, whether that experience is one of joy, celebration, longing, or sorrow.
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