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Creative Writing, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Boston, MA, United States
Develop the talent and technique it takes to excel as a creative writer in the Creative Writing program of Emerson College. Nowhere is the power of the written word more revered and more reinforced than at Emerson. We know that words can catapult people out of their mindsets, throw them out of time, jolt them to rethink beliefs, and move them to introspection and tears.
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Overview

About the Program

The Creative Writing program of Emerson College is designed for the imaginative, the curious, and the poetic. It’s designed to give creative writers a place to expand their skills and experiment with offbeat ideas, novel approaches, and timeless topics.

From literary history and theory to writing and composition to fiction and poetry, our writing courses give you a deep understanding of how writing as an art form has developed over time and across cultures. We challenge you to sharpen your writing skills and find your own voice, ensuring that you leave Emerson as a formidable communicator, and also a unique one. 

Here, you will learn from award-winning storytellers and poets and have access to an alumni network that includes New York Times–bestselling authors and Emmy-winning screenwriters. You will also have a chance to be published in one of Emerson’s celebrated literary journals and magazines like Ploughshares, Redivider, em Magazine, The Emerson Review, Concrete Literary Magazine, Gauge, Stork, and Your Magazine. 

At Emerson, we develop talent and teach technique. We impart theory and provide opportunities for practice. As a result, our graduates are well-positioned to succeed in creative writing—a life of provoking and persuading, entertaining and educating, imagining and inspiring.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered:
  • Literary Studies
  • Literatures in English
  • Magazine Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • The Art of Poetry
  • The Art of Fiction

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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