The following is a listing of universities offering graduate programs in creative writing. Follow the highlighted names to link directly to the university’s admissions department.
Abilene Christian University (Texas)
ACU’s M.A. in English is a 36-hour master’s program with tracks in literature, composition and rhetoric, and writing.
Adelphi University (New York)
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing is a cross-genre program that offers a versatile, interdisciplinary approach to prose, poetry, and playwriting.
American University (Washington, DC)
Established in 1980, American University’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing is dedicated to supporting the intensely personal act of creating literature that will illuminate and endure.
Antioch University (California)
Antioch University’s MFA program was founded in 1997 as the nation’s first low-residency creative writing program on the West Coast. The award-winning faculty offers coursework in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction.
Antioch University Midwest (Ohio)
The Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) allows customizable degrees in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Creative Writing.
Ashland University (Ohio)
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry and Creative Nonfiction.
Bard College (New York)
Founded in 1981, the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts offers an interdisciplinary program leading to a MFA.
Bath Spa University (United Kingdom)
The MA in Scriptwriting is a professional training course for working writers.
Bennington College (Vermont)
Generating original fiction, non-fiction, and poetry is the focus of Bennington’s MFA in Writing program.
Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
The MFA Creative Writing Program at Bowling Green State University is a 40 hour, two-year program with a concentration in fiction or poetry.
Brigham Young University (Utah)
Coursework prepares students as writers, scholars, and for careers in teaching/writing.
Brooklyn College of The City University of New York This small, highly personal two-year program confers a master of fine arts degree in creative writing in fiction, poetry, or playwriting.
Brown University (Rhode Island)
The university offers a MA in Creative Writing.
California College of the Arts
The MFA Program in Writing locates itself at the intersection of writing as literature, performance, visual art, book art and new media.
Chapman University (California)
The Department of English and Comparative Literature offers the master of fine arts degree in creative writing.
Their groundbreaking MFA focusing on nature, travel writing and social outreach is the premier graduate program for nurturing students interested in place-based writing and innovative community programs.
Chicago State University
The art of writing: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Chung-Ang University (Korea)
The university offers a MA in Creative Literature and a PhD. in Creative Literature.
College Of Saint Rose (New York)
Offered through the English Department, this full-residency, 48-credit program provides serious writers with the opportunity to develop their craft.
Columbia College Chicago
This program emphasizes firsthand experience and combines innovation with the core values of ethical public affairs journalism.
Eastern Illinois University
Staffed exclusively by Ph.D. holding faculty from major universities, the M.A. in English offers advanced study in literature, rhetoric, and creative writing.
Eastern Kentucky University (Online)
Offering a MFA in Creative Writing, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Eastern Michigan University
The university offers M.A. in Children’s Literature, M.A. in Creative Writing, M.A. in English Linguistics, M.A. in Literature, M.A. in Written Communication.
Eastern New Mexico University
Earning a Master of Arts in English prepares students for careers in teaching and publishing and for entering doctoral programs.
Eastern Washington University
The university offers a MFA in Creative Writing.
Edinburgh Napier University (UK)
As well as giving you direction and guidance in developing and polishing ideas into finished scripts, students learn how the film, television and interactive media businesses operate.
Emerson College (Massachusetts)
Creative Writing offers workshop experience from published professionals in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Fairleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey)
The MFA in creative writing is a low-residency program in which students work closely with publishers.
Florida Atlantic University
The university offers a master’s degree in literary study, not only the traditional canon but also multicultural literatures and rhetoric.
Florida International University
The university offers a MFA program.
Fordham University (New York)
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers academic preparation for the master’s and doctorate in English Language and Literature.
Full Sail University (Online)
This Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing provides instruction on how to craft compelling stories behind film, television, games, and other entertainment media.
Goddard College (Online)
The students needs, goals, and passions as a writer determine their course of study.
The Graduate Institute (Connecticut)
A unique program that bridges the connection between oral storytelling and the writing process.
Grand Canyon University
The Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing degree program is designed to prepare students to become effective writers in the 21st century.
Hamline University (Minnesota)
This program is one of only a few that focuses exclusively on writing for children and young adults.
Hardin Simmons University (Texas)
The Master of Arts degree in English prepares students for careers in teaching and creative writing.
Hofstra University (New York)
An MFA degree in Creative Writing offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, or creative non-fiction.
Hollins University (Virginia) Hollins offers M.A. and M.F.A. programs in the study and writing of children’s literature and a certificate in book illustration.
Illinois State University
The graduate faculty in English includes nationally recognized professors in a wide range of fields.
Indiana State University
Both master’s programs — in literature and in writing — require courses in research, theory, and literature.
Iowa State University
The creative writing program at Iowa State offers promising writers a broad range of courses.
Kingston University (UK) The university offers a MA in poetry.
Lesley University (Massachusetts)
The university allows students, with the oversight of a distinguished faculty-mentor, to design their own concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or children’s literature.
Long Island University (New York)
The university offers three graduate specializations: Literature, Creative Writing, and Teaching of Writing.
Longwood University (Virginia)
The university offers studies in the English department with four concentrations leading to the Master of Arts degree.
Manhattanville College (New York)
The Master of Arts in Writing program is open to those who demonstrate a strong potential in writing and critical thinking.
Miami University (Ohio)
The university offers a MA degree in Creative Writing.
Mills College (California) Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is at the center of a vital artistic and literary community.
Minnesota State University Mankato
The university offers a MFA degree in Creative Writing.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing is a terminal degree for students wishing to improve their creative writing on the graduate level.
Mount Saint Mary’s College (Los Angeles)
Mount Saint Mary’s is a private, Catholic women’s college offering a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Murray State University (Kentucky)
The low-residency MFA at Murray State allows student writers to work on their craft while work-shopping their writing online or by traditional mail with prize-winning writers.
Myong Ji University (Korea)
The Graduate School was established in 1967 and offers a MA degree in Creative Writing.
Naropa University (Colorado)
Founded at Naropa University in 1974, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetry comprises the Summer Writing program and the Department of Writing and Poetics.
Newcastle University (UK)
This flexible program enables students to develop creative writing skills and/or gain accredited training in teaching creative writing.
New College of California
The New College Poetics Program provides coursework in English Literature and Creative Writing.
New Mexico State University
The Department of English offers graduate study leading to the MA, MFA in Creative Writing, and PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Writing.
The New School (New York)
The New School offers a Graduate Writing Program leading to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Degree with concentrations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for children.
New York University
For more than 20 years, the NYU Creative Writing Program has distinguished itself as a leading national center for the study of writing and literature.
Northwestern University (Chicago)
Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies offers two graduate degrees for students of creative writing: the MA and MFA.
Nottingham Trent University (UK)
The university offers a MA in writing.
New Renaissance Florence Study Abroad Programs (Italy) This program describes its focus as designed to prepare and nurture the visionary artists and communicators of tomorrow.
Otis College Of Art And Design (Los Angeles)
The MFA in Writing is a multi-disciplinary approach emphasizing international writing, critical theory and translation, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.
Pacific Lutheran University (Washington)
The Northwest’s Premier Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. An innovative environment in which your work will flourish.
Pine Manor College (Massachusetts)
The Solstice MFA Program offers degree concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and writing.
Portland State University
The university’s MFA in Creative Writing is a residency program offering concentrations in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
Roosevelt University (Online)
This online graduate certificate program is for K-16 teachers who wish to enhance their teaching of writing in middle schools.
Royal Holloway University of London (UK)
The university offers a M.A. in Feature Film screenwriting; M.A. in Producing Film and Television; M.A. in Documentary By Practice; M.A. in Screenwriting for TV and Film; and M.A. in Film and Television Studies.
Rutgers University – Campus At Camden (New Jersey)
A unique multigenre approach geared not only to help writing, but to prepare teachers on the college level.
Savannah College Of Art And Design (Georgia)
Students write screenplays for short films, features and television, as well as one-act and full-length stage plays.
Seton Hall University (New Jersey)
A Master of Arts degree in English from Seton Hall provides the basis for a wide range of career and professional choices: literature, publishing and professional writing.
Seton Hill University (Pennsylvania)
The Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill boasts a program that teaches writers to create and market the fiction that sells.
Simmons College (Boston) The university offers the nation’s first Master of Arts degree in Children’s Literature.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The university offers a MFA program in Creative Writing.
Southern New Hampshire University (Online)
The MFA prepares students for teaching writing, for working in the editing and publishing industry and for becoming book authors. A fiction track is also available.
Spalding University (Kentucky)
Offers a four-semester, brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing with concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting.
St. John’s University (New York)
The M.A. degree in English allows students to advance in their present careers or embark upon a new one.
Syracuse University (New York)
The three year M.F.A. program in Creative Writing gives promising fiction writers and poets an opportunity to practice their art with dedicated fellow writers.
Temple University Graduate School (Pennsylvania)
The Graduate Creative Writing Program is intended to provide fiction writers and poets with an opportunity to develop their craft.
Texas Tech University
The English master’s degree program offers advanced study in literature, creative writing, rhetoric, and languages.
Trinity College Dublin (UK)
The university’s school of business offers a MA in creative writing.
Trinity Saint David (Wales)
This course is designed for committed writers who wish to complete significant pieces of work and broaden their experiences.
Union Institute & University, Vermont (Online)
The Master of Arts program is designed for working adults and focuses on various aspects of literature, including theoretical, historical, thematic, and multicultural.
Universidad Intercontinental (Mexico)
The university offers a MA in screenwriting.
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
The university offers a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a M.A. in English. A minor in creative writing is also available to undergraduate students.
University of Arkansas
A 60-hour terminal degree in creative writing or translation with teaching assistantships available.
University of Baltimore
The University of Baltimore’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts was named one of the top nine distinctive M.F.A. programs.
University of California, system of schools
The UC system schools offers graduate degrees in Creative Writing with some also offering certificate courses in screenwriting.
University of Central Florida
The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers workshop courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting and poetry.
University of Essex (UK)
This allows students to undertake research in the field of creative writing.
University of Guelph (Canada)
A Master of Fine Arts is now being offered by the University of Guelph on the University of Guelph-Humber campus in Toronto.
University of Haifa
The University of Haifa is an accredited university under the auspices of Israel’s Ministry of Education and the Israeli Council for Higher Education.
University of Idaho
The university provides a three-year program that stresses, above all, the craft of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. University of Illinois At Chicago The English department offers MA and PhD degrees.
University of Kent (United Kingdom)
The University of Kent was founded in 1965 and since then has achieved prominence as one of Britain’s most innovative and respected schools.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The university offers a MFA program.
University of Melbourne (Parkville, Victoria)
The Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing is designed to provide students with a vocational qualification.
University of Missouri
The English Department offers both a MA and PhD in Creative Writing. University of Montana The university offers a M.A. in English Language and Literature; M.F.A. in Creative Writing; and M.A. in Linguistics.
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (Canada)
The University offers a MA in Creative Writing.
University of New Orleans (Louisiana)
The Creative Writing Workshop is a 45 credit hour interdisciplinary program in imaginative writing.
University of North Carolina
The Master of Fine Arts in creative writing is offered to a limited number of students with ability in writing poetry or fiction.
University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota Department of English offers the M.A. and Ph.D. in writing.
University of North Florida
The university offers a MA in English.
University of North Texas The university offers a M.A. and Ph.D. in Creative Writing.
University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Notre Dame is a two-year degree program centered around workshops in poetry and fiction.
University of San Francisco
The Master of Fine Arts in Writing is a two-year, 33-unit program designed to instruct writers in creative techniques and to help prepare the graduate student/writer for entry into the public life of literature, from publishing their own work to teaching writing itself.
University of Santo Tomas (Manila)
The university offers a MA in Creative Writing.
University of Southern California
Since its inception in 1971, the mission of the USC Master of Professional Writing Program has been to prepare and launch talented writers in lifelong writing careers.
University of Tampa (Florida)
The University of Tampa low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is designed to help poets, fiction writers and creative non-fiction writers.
University of Tennessee
The program blends creative work with literary studies for a degree that helps candidates realize their potential as writers and scholars.
University of Texas (Online)
The MFA in Creative Writing, offered by UT El Paso, is a 48-hour fully-online bilingual program.
University of Texas – Austin
The university offers a MFA program. University of Texas at El Paso The university offers a MFA in Creative Writing.
University of Texas, Pan American
The university offers a MFA in English/Creative Writing.
University of Wales Swansea (UK)
The MA provides core training and individual pathways in the major genres of contemporary literary and media writing.
University of West Florida
The M.A. in English is a program of advanced study of English language and literature.
University of Windsor (Canada)
The university offers a MA in English and Creative Writing.
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
The English Department offers master’s and doctoral degrees in several areas of specialization: Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Professional and Technical Writing, and Creative Writing.
University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming’s MFA in Creative Writing is an intensive two-year degree in poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction.
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Vermont College of Fine Arts is a national center for graduate arts education fostering the excellence of established and emerging artists.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University (Virginia Tech)
The university offers a M.A. in English, M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing.
Wayne State University (Michigan)
The English Department offers doctoral study in all fields of English and American literature and in composition theory.
Western Michigan University
The university offers a MFA in Creative Writing.
Wilkes University (Pennsylvania)
The Master of Arts in Creative Writing is a 30-credit, low-residency program with tracks in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting.