Creative Writing (MFA)

No GRE required to apply

Learn from award-winning writers in one of the country’s longest-running programs of its kind. Emerson’s Creative Writing MFA allows you to specialize in one of three genres: literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. You’ll have the chance to explore other writing through electives like print, magazine writing, digital publishing, and more.

By the time you graduate you’ll have a portfolio of work ready for consideration by agents and publishing houses. Outside the classroom, engage in extracurriculars like writing or editing at Emerson’s two award-winning literary journals, or spend time mentoring and teaching writing to undergraduate students or members of the Boston community.

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Full-time or part-time

Graduate in 2-6 years

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Industry Connections

Develop lasting connections with the publishing and editorial world for mentorship both during and after your program.

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Award-winning Faculty

Learn from award-winning writers with recognition from Pulitzer Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and more.

Why Emerson

Become a creative force at Emerson College, the nation’s premier institution of higher learning devoted to communication and the arts. Emerson College draws independent minds from diverse backgrounds around the world, and our graduate programs offer a creative learning experience in flexible formats that enable you to advance your passion into an inspiring career.