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  • Master’s Degree in Creative Writing

    Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

    A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing should be more than just a writing workshop. It should prepare you for your post-degree career while giving you the space to grow and develop your own unique writing voice. Drexel University’s two-year, low-residency MFA in Creative Writing is designed with the university’s commitment to experiential and career-focused education in mind. Online workshops, reading tutorials, and one-on-one packet exchanges with notable published writers will help you deepen your understanding of your craft, while residencies and an emphasis on learning teaching pedagogy will prepare you with the skills and connections you need to succeed after completing your degree.

    What is an MFA in Creative Writing?

    Designed for aspiring writers, an MFA in Creative Writing empowers you to enhance your creativity, while sharing and developing your work within a supportive academic community. Through workshops, residencies, and literary courses, you'll receive feedback from your peers and professors, gain insight about the world of professional writing, and work toward creating a publishable product.

    Program Features

    • You'll choose a concentration in fiction writing or screenwriting, but also have the opportunity to take courses in both areas throughout the program
    • The majority of your coursework can be completed online to accommodate your busy schedule
    • Optional in-person teaching assistantships let you gain experience and a salary that can be put toward your degree
      • Receive instruction and mentoring in teaching composition
      • Teach up to four courses in year one, and five courses in year two
      • Gain experience in multiple course delivery modalities: in person, hybrid and online
      • Upon successful completion of the pedagogy track you will receive a letter documenting your teaching experience while at Drexel
    • Drexel aims to offer the most civically engaged MFA in the country, using storytelling to effect change, build community, bring joy, and widen opportunities for expression in marginalized populations
      • Take part in elective study abroad experiences like the Haiti Creative Writing Intensive, which focuses on understanding the role of creative writing in creating grassroots change, and the Bioko Creative Writing Intensive at the Biodiversity Research Station in Equatorial Guinea, which highlights writing about the natural world
      • Participate in the one-of-a-kind Drexel CHOP Story Medicine Collaborative, located in the Ryan Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which uses original scripts, live performance, and cutting-edge animation to deliver imagination programing to hospitalized and terminally ill children
      • Additional creative writing opportunities are available with military veterans, incarcerated men and women, and hospice patients


    The program includes three, five-day intensive residencies where you’ll meet up with your classmates, professors, and authors of distinction for workshops, craft talks and community building. All residencies take place from Friday - Tuesday, allowing busy professionals to attend without missing too much work. Residencies will cost between $1500 - $2000 for room and partial board, not including transportation to the Philadelphia area.

    The Inaugural Residency
    Students convene in early October for a five-day orientation and intensive craft residency. You’ll meet with mentors and develop a customized plan for your own course of study. This residency will take place on Drexel's campus in Philadelphia.

    The Professional Residency
    A distinctive factor of the Drexel MFA is the designated professional residency in the summer between the first and second year. The residency is designed to forge professional ties and gain real-world perspective on the publishing and producing industries. All students must attend one of the professional residencies, but if interested, students may attend both professional residencies with special permission from the MFA director.

    • Fiction writers convene in New York to meet with publishers, agents, and editors
    • Screenwriters gather in Los Angeles to meet with agents, directors, and producers

    The Graduation Residency
    The culminating residency is on Drexel’s campus. It consists of writing workshops, individual craft meetings with mentors, career modules, and a celebration of students’ thesis work.

    This program only admits new students in the fall term.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Up to 15 credits can be transferred into the program (all transferred credits must be approved by Drexel). 

    Core Courses  
    CW 500 Reading as a Writer (Fiction) 3.0
    CW 501 Reading as a Writer (Genre Authors)  3.0
    CW 550 Fiction Writing Online Workshop  3.0
    or CW 655 Fiction Writing In-Person Workshop  
    CW 600 Creative Writing Craft Residency 3.0
    CW 602 MFA Creative Writing Graduation Residency  3.0
    CW 690 Thesis Development  1.0
    SCRP 500 Reading as a Screenwriter 3.0
    SCRP 550 Screenwriting Workshop 3.0
    Track Courses (Select One Track) 17.0
    Fiction Writers  
    CW 555
    Fiction Writing Packet Exchange I  
    CW 556
    Fiction Writing Packet Exchange II  
    CW 601
    Professional Residency in New York  
    CW 691
    Thesis Packet Exchange I  
    CW 692
    Thesis Packet Exchange II  
    SCRP 555
    Screenwriting Packet Exchange I  
    SCRP 556
    Screenwriting Packet Exchange II  
    SCRP 601
    Professional Residency in Los Angeles  
    SCRP 691
    Thesis in Screenwriting I  
    SCRP 692
    Thesis in Screenwriting II  
    Electives (Select two of the following courses)
    CW 653
    Creative Writing Intensive Course Abroad  
    CW 654
    Writing Pedagogy  
    CW I599
    Independent Study in Creative Writing  
    CW I699
    Independent Study in Creative Writing  
    CW I799
    Community Based Learning Independent Study   
    CW T580
    Special Topics in Creative Writing  
    CW T680
    Special Topics in Creative Writing  
    PUB 730
    Book Publishing  
    PUB 750
    Small Press Development  
    PUB T680
    Special Topics in Publishing  
    SCRP 670
    Writing for Television  
    SCRP I599
    Independent Study In Screenwriting  
    SCRP I699
    Independent Study In Screenwriting  
    SCRP T580
    Special Topics in Screenwriting  
    SCRP T680
    Special Topics in Screenwriting  
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended 
    • Personal Statement (250-500 words) addressing:
      • Your experience with creative writing thus far
      • Why you are seeking an MFA
    • Writing Sample - Please provide 20-25 double-spaced pages, in Word or PDF file, of one of the following:
      • Completed short story
      • Collection of flash fiction
      • Novel-in-progress
      • Screenplay
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Optional Documents for Teaching Fellowships

    If you are interested in pursuing an optional teaching fellowship while in the MFA program, please send the following to Nomi Eve, Program Director, at nae28@drexel.edu by the application deadline.

    • One letter of recommendation addressing the applicant's suitability to teaching
    • 2-5 page persuasive or informative essay or a published article that demonstrates your excellence in expository writing
      • Document must be double spaced, in MLA format, and sent as a Word or PDF file

    An in-person or virtual interview will be requested once all materials are received.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $633 per credit. (A 50% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.



    Nomi Eve
    Program Director

    Nomi Eve is the author of Henna House and The Family Orchard, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Brown University and has worked as a freelance book reviewer for The Village Voice and New York Newsday.

    Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Glimmer Train Stories, The Voice Literary Supplement, Conjunctions, and The International Quarterly. She teaches fiction writing at Drexel University and lives in Philadelphia with her family.

    Matthew Kaufhold

    Matt Kaufhold has over 20 years experience in the film industry working as a director, producer, screenwriter, script consultant, and director of photography. His feature screenplay, Soulwalker, is under a shopping agreement with Actium Pictures in New York for co-production with Three Professors Media, a start-up production company in which Matt is a partner. Brick Gypsies, a short documentary on the third-party LEGO economy, is currently in post-production for a festival release in 2015. Matt wrote and produced the award-nominated short film, Customer Service, which had a festival run in 2013. Matt’s background also includes commercial/industrial work for clients ranging from Frito-Lay to the Haverford Township Historical Society.

    Program Director for Drexel University’s Screenwriting & Playwriting Program, Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and American Literature and Languages from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches classes in advanced screenwriting concepts for the Screenwriting & Playwriting Program, narrative video production for the Film & Video Program, and serves as a story development advisor for the Film & Video, Animation & Visual Effects, and Game Art & Production Programs.

    Additional faculty to be announced.

    Academic Calendar

    Please note that the first term for accepted students is Fall 2019. Classes are currently scheduled to begin on September 23, 2019.

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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