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Creative Writing, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
Focusing on the genres of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Children and Young Adults and Scriptwriting, the Creative Writing Major offered by Lesley University allows students to integrate theory and practice in a course of study that blends critical writing, creative writing, professional experience and emphasis on publication. 
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Whether you choose to focus on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, or writing for children and young adults, as a creative writing major at Lesley you’ll gain the tools, support, and experience to bring your vision to the world.

Here, you’ll hone your critical and creative skills. With an average class size of 15 students, your voice will be heard and your words will be read. Share your work in a supportive atmosphere in which you’ll receive, and give, critiques and insights that move writing forward. Workshops with your professors, and visiting authors, will push you to elevate your craft and delve deeper into your genre.

Outcomes of the Creative Writing Major offered by Lesley University:

  • Students will study classic and contemporary masterworks of English and American Literature in order to be able to describe and apply the conventions of writing in multiple genres
  • Students will read works and write at an advanced level in a chosen genre
  • Students will learn to critique and improve their own writing and that of their peers through craft-based analysis, workshops with instructors and peers
  • Students will explore strategies for publication of their work
  • Students will apply their skills in an appropriate internship setting
  • Students will explore opportunities for graduate study as indicated by number of students applying to graduate programs

Gain Skills and Expertise

  • Explore the different genres of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, play- and -screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults.
  • Move out of your comfort zone by writing in genres other than your specialty. 
  • Show a mastery of your chosen genre.
  • Critique and improve your writing and that of your peers through discussions and workshops.
  • Get your work out into the public realm.


Alumni go on to rewarding jobs in a variety of fields, and often pursue graduate study to enhance their practice. 

Career Paths:

  • Writing and Editing
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Education
  • TV, Film, and Theater

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    On rolling admissions

    3 Intakes per year

    • August
    • January
    • May 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Senior Seminar in Creative Writing
  • History of the English Language
  • American Literature
  • Modern American Drama
  • Changing Views of Nature in American Literature
  • Nineteenth Century American Novel
  • World Drama from the Greeks to the 17th Century

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Students must visit our website and upload academic transcripts (including completion certificate, if available) along with English proficiency score (if available)
  • When applying, students will need to submit academic transcripts.
  • Students may need to submit one to three recommendations from teachers, professors, colleagues, or supervisors.
  • Students may need to write a written personal statement, submit a portfolio, or supply writing samples.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Lesley Global Academic Advantage: 6,000 - 20,000 USD
  • Apply by: First come, first served
  • Eligibility:  Will be determined upon receiving application

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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