• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The English - Writing programme from Marist College enables students to sharpen their skills in a wide range of genres and styles. In a given semester, a student might work with a professional client in a Technical Writing course, compose verse for a Poetry Workshop, and ponder Aristotle's ideas for a Rhetorical Theory class.
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The Old English term wordcræft captures the essence of the way in which English Department students and faculty work on creative, professional, and analytical writing. Instead of relying solely on the inspiration of a moment, writers at Marist develop their craft through practice, conversation, and revision. Careful reading plays a key role in this process; writers at Marist pay close attention to the way particular writers deploy the rhetorical tools at their disposal.

Extracurricular opportunities to write are similarly varied. Writers at Marist perform at poetry slams, conduct staged readings of one another's work, and present both their creative and scholarly work at national conferences. The craft of good writing emerges not through isolated effort, but through collaborative, playful, and thoughtful exchange with others.

Internships play a key role in introducing students to professional opportunities in writing and editing. The experiences of current and former students demonstrate the many venues in which students can pursue careers in publishing, magazine writing, and editing.

Key facts:

The English - Writing programme from Marist College includes not only the variety of courses offered by the English Department’s Concentration in Writing and Creative Writing and Professional Writings minors, but also the diverse array of student events and activities of interest to writers outside the classroom. This includes regular visits to campus by established writers in all genres, student readings, excursions to places of literary interest, and popular campus-wide events like the Red Fox Poetry Slam. 

All Marist students are welcome to participate in Writing Program events, regardless of major. Student organizations like the Literary Arts Society and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society) are active in planning many of these annual events, and they always welcome new members.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Creative Writing
  • Special Topics in English
  • History of the English Language 
  • World Englishes
  • Screenwriting for Film and Television
  • Media Performance

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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    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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    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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General Requirements

  • Completed Undergraduate Admission Application, with fee: We accept either the Marist application or the Common application with a Marist supplement.
  • Official transcript(s): from all high schools attended, including your most recent grades available at the time of application.
  • Writing sample.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a counselor and the other from a teacher.
  • Optional: Official SAT or ACT.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results, if English is not your primary language.
  • Certificate of Financial Resources form: for non-U.S. citizens.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
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Marist awards merit scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 a year, to its most academically competitive applicants. When you apply for admission to Marist, you are automatically considered for merit scholarships; there is no additional application.

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