Concordia St. Paul News

November 1, 2016

Concordia Introduces MFA in Creative Writing

Concordia University, St. Paul will roll out a new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing next fall, offering students the opportunity to develop the skills of aspiring fiction and creative non-fiction writers. The program is housed in Concordia’s Department of English and modern languages within the College of Arts and Letters.

The two-year, 36-credit, completely online program consists of five different components: workshop courses, literature courses, craft courses, a literary research course, and a supervised thesis. After completing this program, students will have achieved a level of sophistication in their writing that will allow them to pursue a number of career options, including a published novelist, short story writer, poet, or creative nonfiction writer. However, other career options are also available.

“This MFA program will give the English and modern languages department an opportunity to work with students from around the world,” Department of English and modern languages faculty member Matt Ryan said. “Our goal for this program is simple: Teach students to become published authors. When this happens, this will raise our visibility in the arts community.”

One of the fastest-growing graduate degrees in the United States, the MFA has become the most common route for creative writers to achieve career success. To learn more about CSP’s MFA in creative writing program visit