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Creative Writing

Master of Fine Arts


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is designed to develop skills in writing fiction and reading literature. 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. 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 options.


Course Length

36 Credit Hours



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. 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.


Creative Writing (MFA) Program Requirements

  • Create an account and submit our online application. Once submitted, you can follow your application process through the application portal.

  • Submit official transcripts from an accreditor that is recognized by the US Department of Education stating the conferral of the Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

    *To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.

  • Please upload a writing sample in fiction to your application portal.

  • 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.

Dr. Debra Beilke

Professor of English

Matt Ryan

Associate Professor of English Director for the MFA in Creative Writing program

Theresa FitzPatrick

Assistant Professor of English

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 [email protected] or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Student Testimonials

Shelly Schwalm

University Ministry Associate, Concordia University, St. Paul