Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

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Join a community of engaged and driven writers in an environment that’s designed to challenge you as much as it supports you. With Hamline’s creative writing master’s degree, you'll dive deep into the study of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction while you develop a breadth of knowledge to experiment across genres. Guided by faculty members who are accomplished authors themselves, your master of fine arts in creative writing will help you:

  • Get published. Dozens of alumni and current students have gone on to publish work with both local and national publishing houses, and hundreds have placed work in literary magazines.
  • Edit real work. You’ll graduate prepared for a career in literary publishing, with the opportunity to serve on the editorial boards of Hamline’s literary magazines: Water~Stone Review, Runestone, and rock, paper, scissors. Students can also earn internships at Twin Cities presses including Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed Editions.
  • Gain teaching experience. Study composition theory and pedagogy in preparation for a job as a writing tutor or English professor, and take advantage of the several teaching internships offered each semester.

Creative Writing MFA program highlights

Are classes offered online or on campus? Hamline's MFA in Creative Writing is offered on-campus. Each course meets one evening a week from 6-9 p.m.
Can I enroll and keep working full-time? With courses just one evening a week on our St. Paul, Minnesota campus, you can achieve your master of fine arts in creative writing degree without putting your life on hold.
When can I start? With two starts per year—September and February—you don't have to wait to begin your writing career.
How long will it take to earn my degree? Graduate in as few as three years.

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Interested in writing children's and young adult books?

Hamline is proud to offer only one of three MFA programs in the country specializing in writing for children and young adults. Learn from award-winning authors. Explore the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.