Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Chatham University

Program Details

Chatham University offers an online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree.  This writing program focuses on nature, environment, and travel writing while nurturing writers interested in the environmental imagination and place-based writing.  The curriculum expands on the heart of the program to include all genres such as poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, which are shaped by human relationship with place.  You will develop and hone skills in creating, editing, and revising while learning to read and respond thoughtfully and critically in oral and written form to other students’ work.  Graduates are prepared to read their work aloud at public venues, interview other writers, attend outside readings, write book reviews, and analyze and write with care about difficult literary texts.


  • Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • A one to three page personal letter stating the genre in which you will be applying, and detailing your strengths and reasons for wanting to enter Chatham’s full–residency MFA program
  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • Two official letters of recommendation, preferably written by former writing teachers or professors who know your writing
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Writing sample

Program is 42 credits hours that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of 10 days each.

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education