Program Overview

Writers looking for a unique education may want to consider Arcadia University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing course. This is a low-residency 2-year program that fully explores the craft of writing. Students will not only have a publishable manuscript by the end of the program, but will also have a deep understanding of publishing, teaching and editing.

This program consists of 4 distinctly different learning experiences, in addition to 6 credits of literature courses. The first of these is a series of 3 residencies. Students will meet in-person for a week at a time, and attend workshops together. Each residency will include a published visiting writer who will take the group through a series of writing exercises. The first and last residencies will take place on the Arcadia University campus in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The second residency is a study abroad trip where the program student’s will travel to Italy or Scotland. These residencies help to build community among the program’s writers and foster connections that will be used the rest of their writing careers.

During each fall and spring semester, students of this program will participate in online workshops on the school’s discussion boards. While these workshops will have weekly deadlines, students will be able to choose when to engage and participate. Students will submit their writing for peer review 3 to 4 times per semester and will participate in reviewing peers' work every week. Students will also take a practicum during each workshop; these are a series of one-on-one meetings held with an instructor. Students will have the option of using Skype for these meetings, allowing out-of-state students to complete the practicums with ease.

Finally, each MFA student will complete a thesis by the end of their last semester. Fiction students will complete a manuscript of around 60,000 words while those in the poetry focus will turn in a manuscript of 48 pages of verse.

To gain admittance to this program, students must possess a bachelor’s degree with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. A writing sample of at least 15 pages of prose and an interview with the program coordinator are also required before admittance.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.


    During the two-year duration of the MFA Program, the students meet in-person three times on Arcadia's campus.

    School Overview

    Arcadia University, located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, began in 1853 as a small Methodist college. Arcadia acquired university status in 2001. Arcadia University provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for a life of scholarship, service, and professional contribution. Building upon its legacy of distinction in global education, Arcadia University will be a vibrant and supportive community of diverse scholars and learners; renowned for its high-quality faculty, staff, and students; acclaimed for its student-centered focus; and valued for making a difference in the lives of its graduates.

    The university offers bachelor’s degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees, graduate certificates and various online learning courses. Many degrees and certificate programs are offered fully online. Online classes take form in online, hybrid, and accelerated formats.


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