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Writing, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #29 (QS) Online
The Writing program of Northwestern University offers students disciplined training in creative writing.
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The Writing program of Northwestern University offers courses that are conducted as workshops to provide feedback, foster peer review skills, and nurture talent. Writing majors examine poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a writer's eye while developing their own work. Students' creative development is guided by instructors who are respected writers themselves. The specific course of study in the writing major is based on genre — fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry – while literature courses provide a substantial grounding in analyzing literary texts and using literary theory. In introductory and advanced writing workshops, writing students develop their craft and technique and gain facility in giving and receiving constructive feedback through peer critique and the workshopping process.

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Write effectively, with a distinct voice or style, and a grasp of compositional elements in poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction
  • Analyze literary works from a craft perspective, focusing on technique and composition
  • Offer informed, constructive critiques of other students’ creative work
  • Demonstrate skill in composing in more than one genre, as well as drafting and revising
  • Recognize, analyze and interpret closely and critically the use of language across a range of literary texts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major works, movements and genres of English and American literature in their cultural, historical and intellectual contexts
  • Write clear and compelling literary analysis with textual substantiation and intellectual integrity

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reading and Writing Poetry
  • Reading and Writing Fiction
  • Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • Seminar in Reading and Interpretation
  • The Situation of Writing
  • English literature before 1830

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • A completed online application
  • A statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee (nonrefundable)
  • Official high school transcripts and conferred date of completion (or GED report)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • A current resume or CV
  • Documentation of English Proficiency for students whose first language is not English.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    1984 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    1984 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
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  • per unit: $1,984


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