What will I learn?

Find Your Creative Voice with an MA in Creative Writing

Literature has long been a source of inspiration, both for readers and writers. Find your voice with Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction online degree. This English and creative writing graduate program fosters your imagination and creativity with a perfect balance of critical analysis and craft. Your knowledge will grow beyond a basic understanding of plot building, narrative voice and character as you push your creative boundaries. Hone your craft for the kind of fiction you want to bring to life - novels, short stories, children's literature and more.

See Yourself Succeed in Fiction Writing

The art of storytelling runs perennially through history and society and is critical to cross-cultural communication. In SNHU's MA in Creative Writing online degree program, you’ll study the work of published writers to help you develop your own creative writing skills. You’ll also focus on why authors do what they do and how they do it to develop a deeper understanding of fiction in all of its forms, all while writing your own works of fiction. At the culmination of your coursework, you’ll create your own manuscript and apply what you've learned about your own creative voice. Put pen to paper and tell your tale.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MA in creative writing online at SNHU include:

  • Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation
  • Convenience. Attend class when it’s convenient for you – online education means 24/7 access
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your graduate degree in as few as 15 months, with two courses per 10-week term
  • Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience
  • Minimal requirements. No GMAT or GRE required for admission
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for internship and career opportunities
  • Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study

Career Outlook

The MA in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction can lead to numerous career opportunities. This program does more than just expose you to literature and help you develop new writing skills. You can apply the communications skills you gain to any profession, from journalism to marketing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of writers and authors is expected to grow by 8% through 2026.*


The MA in Creative Writing curriculum exposes you to powerful examples of compelling fiction writing and provides an outlet to experiment and refine your skills. Courses are taught by accomplished instructors with deep insights into the field.

Which department am I in?

Southern New Hampshire University

Study options

Online/Distance (15 months)

Tuition fees
USD $1,881 per course (USD $627 per credit hour)
Start date

Expected April, June, October 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. Minimum GPA: 2.75/4.0 or equivalent (Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 – 2.74 may be eligible for provisional admission).

For international students

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 - 2.74 may be eligible for provisional admission.

Students wishing to enter directly into an Undergraduate or Graduate academic program must provide evidence of English proficiency by one of the following options: TOEFL: 71; IELTS: 6.0; PTE: 54; ELS: 112; EF: C1; ILSC: A2; Michigan: 85; ASC English: Completion of Level 6; FLS: Completion of Level 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.