What will I learn?

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing is the recognized terminal degree which offers the minimum professional training deemed necessary by the major schools in the United States for university and college teaching and for positions in the publishing industry. It is also the degree most frequently held by professional writers.

Both fiction and poetry specializations

Both fiction and poetry specializations share a common core of courses which offer study in literary history, theory, and research. The remainder of the courses offer students the opportunity to develop additional skills in their particular area of related interest. The program culminates in a major creative project (novel, short story collection, or poetry collection) of publishable quality.

Career Possibilities

Advertising • Entertainment • Journalism • Management • Law • Marketing • Mass Media (film, radio, television) • Politics • Professional Writing and Editing (creative or technical) • Public Relations • Teaching • Publishing

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,408.00 per year
Application deadline

15 January 2022

Start date

22 August 2022


College of Liberal Arts

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Blvd.,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degrees.

For international students

Students applying for admission to the MFA degree program generally have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in English from an accredited institution with a 3.2 GPA in upper-division English courses, meet university admission requirements, and submit evidence of creative ability in fiction or poetry (10 pages poetry, 20-30 pages fiction).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 550; Internet-based (iBT) 80

IELTS 6.0 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 58

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


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