Creative WritingMaster of Fine Arts


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Program Overview

Credit Hours: 36
This program can be taken: Online

Questions about the program? Attend our information session December 11 to meet faculty and learn about the program.


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is designed to develop the students’ skills in writing and reading fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. By the end of the program, students will have completed a book-length manuscript of their own creative work. The courses are all offered 100% online and are designed to be taken sequentially. The two-year MFA program is a great value as tuition for each academic year is under $10,000.

After completing this fully online MFA program, students will have achieved a level of sophistication in their writing that will allow them to pursue a number of career ... Read More


The fully online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a two-year, 36 credit program divided into five different components:  workshop courses, literature courses, craft courses, a literary research course, and a supervised thesis. Students focus on the practice of their chosen genre (e.g., fiction, creative non-fiction). Each workshop will be led by a published faculty member. During the course of the program, each student will have had the opportunity to work with multiple published authors.

This course of study is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of current and future writing professionals. By utilizing a combination of theoretical inquiry and practical application, students will gain greater insight into what makes writing worthy of publication. This online MFA will prepare students to pursue the life of a professional writer.


Live Stream Information Session December 10th


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcript from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and uploaded to your application portal.  Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Tell us about your journey, background and/or goals as a writer.
    • Who or what are your literary influences?
    • Explain why an online format interests you in completing your degree and how you feel your schedule can accommodate the 20-25 hours per week of work to pursue your MFA degree.
  4. Submit a typed writing sample in either fiction, creative non-fiction writing or poetry. Completed samples should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail or email. For fiction or creative non-fiction, your sample should be 2,000-4,000 words in the genre you wish to study. For poetry, your sample should be approximately ten pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page regardless of length). Standard 12 pt. font i.e. Times New Roman or Courier.

Submit official transcript to:

Concordia University – St. Paul
Office of Admissions
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

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Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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