Master’s in Creative Writing

Develop work and exchange ideas through our graduate creative writing program.

An intimate program, Adelphi’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers unique hands-on experiences to meet with writers, agents, editors and arts administrators to learn firsthand about the professional life of a writer. M.F.A. students will also learn the practical procedures of submitting a manuscript and applying for grants and jobs.

Why should I enroll in Adelphi’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program?

Our distinctive curriculum offers our students a unique opportunity to explore writing across three genres—poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Our active engagement with the New York and national literary scenes—including partnership with organizations such as PEN and Cave Canem as well as free membership for all students in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs—ensures you will have a rich experience of literary citizenship in addition to excellent, intimate workshops and mentoring. Through Twitter, Tumbler, and our sponsorship of Village of Crickets online, we provide in-depth experience for our students of today’s the vibrant online literary culture.

What will I study in the M.F.A. program?

We have specializations in four major genres: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

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Please note: The M.F.A. curriculum is in the process of being updated.

Who are the Creative Writing faculty?

Our faculty counts among its members a number of award-winning writers, playwrights and poets.

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What will it cost?

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is currently a 39-credit program and carries the per-credit cost of $1,110 for graduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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How do I apply?

The Fall Priority Deadline to apply to the M.F.A. in Creative Writing is May 1Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

  • Submit a writing sample in one of the following genres: poetry, fiction or nonfiction.

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Find out more about the program in the M.F.A. Frequently Asked Questions section or download the M.F.A. Graduate Student Handbook (PDF).
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Visiting Writers
Adelphi hosts numerous visiting writers and professors who enrich the M.F.A. program.
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Village of Crickets
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