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Creative Writing

MA

Program Overview

Develop your talent and build a portfolio of short stories, novel excerpts, poems, creative nonfiction essays or a combination of these genres. A graduate degree in Creative Writing will prepare you to teach English at a community college, publish your work, or apply to MFA and PhD programs. For students already teaching English at the secondary level, a graduate degree in Creative Writing will enhance your study in the discipline.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 30

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

A master’s degree in Creative Writing is ideal for those who have a passion for creative writing and wish to develop their talent as well as those who wish to apply to MFA or PhD programs, publish their work, enter the job market, teach at the community college level, or meet the general needs of elementary and secondary teachers who wish to upgrade their capabilities.

You'll work to complete an exit portfolio consisting of your strongest short stories, novel excerpts, poems, creative nonfiction essays, or a combination of these genres. You'll work closely with award-winning faculty, make connections with prominent authors, and build lifelong friendships with your peers.

Program Highlights

As a master of arts student in Creative Writing at CMU, you can:

• Study with award-winning faculty and published authors.
• Submit your poetry, fiction or nonfiction work to Central Review, our literary journal.
• Work on Central Review as an editor.
• Hear from prominent poets and fiction writers who come to CMU for readings and classroom visits.

Careers & Outcomes

Many of our graduates have gone on to top MFA and PhD programs, landed teaching jobs at community colleges, and published books.

Career Projected Salary
Copywriter $54,687
Writer $48,863
Editor $41,725
College Professor/Instructor $69,998
Technical Writer $67,514
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