Application Deadline for January Admission


Acceptance into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing program operates on a rolling admissions basis; however, to meet deadlines, completed applications for January Residency entrance into program must be received as follows:

  • December 15 for regular admission
  • December 1 to be considered for Graduate Assistantships

The Master of Arts in Creative Writing is a 30-credit, low-residency program with tracks in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, and/or creative nonfiction.

To graduate from our Master of Arts in Creative Writing program students will produce and present a full-length text and support materials that demonstrate the mastery of requisite standards, processes, and procedures for bringing that project into its appropriate public venue.

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the M.A. (30 Credits) plus 18-credit, low-residency program optional continuation of the Master of Arts in Creative Writing. The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal degree in the Creative Writing field. Students interested in the Master of Fine Arts MUST first complete the Wilkes University Master of Arts in Creative Writing. Students in the existing M.A. may apply for admission into the M.F.A. no earlier than the last term of the M.A. Graduating with a M.F.A. will require students to revise their M.A. thesis to produce a publishable manuscript, or begin a new project. Additionally, they will produce and present a literary analysis paper, complete a term-long internship in teaching or publishing and submit a final portfolio that chronicles their work in the entire program.

In both programs, you will train to be a professional creative writer by examining

  • the personal life of a writer;
  • the craft, technique, and analysis of creative writing;
  • the art delivery method for one’s work.

Full application and admission info:

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