Creative Writing Master’s Degree

Learn to write from great writers in an intimate setting.

Our unique (actually unique!) curriculum will prepare you for today’s dynamic literary world by requiring in-depth practice across genres. Our faculty members include award-winning poets and novelists, and writers of short fiction and nonfiction. And because of our small class sizes, faculty members work closely with each student. Our events program and online presence—through Twitter, Facebook and our literary site, Village of Crickets—engage students in the extraordinarily open-ended possibilities of contemporary online writing. 

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

Because we are committed to maintaining our identity as an intimate, practical and cutting-edge program, we admit a small number of students each year so that each student can work closely and directly with our award-winning faculty. Most of our students benefit from our “Teaching of Writing” class and teach in the undergraduate writing program. Our Practicum introduces you to literary agents, publishers and other professionals in the literary community, and active engagement with leading literary organizations such as PEN America and Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.—as well as free membership for all students in AWP, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs—ensures you will have a rich experience of literary citizenship.

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

Typical Individual Student Sequence

Fall, Year 1

Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop

Nonfiction Workshop
Teaching Writing

Spring, Year 1

Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop

Nonfiction Workshop
Literature Seminar

Fall, Year 2

Thesis Colloquium

Literature Seminar

Spring, Year 2

Thesis Independent Study

Practicum Colloquium

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Who are the Creative Writing faculty?

Our faculty includes a winner of the Walt Whitman Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a winner of the O. Henry Prize for short fiction, a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow.

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What will it cost?

The total cost of the M.F.A. will include tuition, University fees, books, other supplies, etc.

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How do I apply?

The Fall Priority Deadline to apply to the M.F.A. in Creative Writing is January 15Applications 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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Village of Crickets Cicada MarkVillage of Crickets is a site run by Adelphi M.F.A. students, alumni and faculty to foster engagement within the literary community.

For further information, please contact:

Department of English
Harvey Hall Room 216
p – 516.877.4020

Office of Graduate Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
e – graduateadmissions@adelphi.edu
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