Notre Dame de Namur University

College of Arts and Sciences



1500 Ralston Avenue

Belmont, CA 94002

United States


(800) 263-0545

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - English/Creative Writing

Format: Campus

Program Description:

NDNU's Master of Arts in English program offers two tracks: one in literature and one in creative writing. Both require core courses in writing, literary theory, language, and genre courses that permit intensive study of narrative, lyric, and drama.

This 30-semester unit program's integral link with the annual Creative Writers' Series, sponsored by the English Department, enables students to interact with noted and diverse authors and scholars. Students interested in creative writing and publishing may also wish to become involved in the production of the University's literary journal, The Bohemian.

Program Flexibility:

  • Start Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • All graduate courses are offered in the evenings, and enrollment is guaranteed.
  • Students generally complete the degree within two and one-half years.

Program Distinctions:

  • Core courses engage our students in an array of texts from antiquity to the contemporary period.
  • An undergraduate degree in English literature or language is not a requirement for admission.
  • Class sizes are small and are conducted in a seminar style that promotes a rich exchange of viewpoints among colleagues and faculty.
  • Students may choose elective coursework in another discipline or create an interdisciplinary emphasis in an area of special interest.
  • All required classes are offered on the NDNU campus in the evenings and enrollment is guaranteed.
  • NDNU students have the opportunity to submit original creative writing pieces to the award-winning literary magazine, The Bohemian, published each year at NDNU.
  • NDNU students spend two semesters working one-on-one with a professor to complete their final research or creative writing project.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended (A bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited four-year college or university)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completion of at least two writing-intensive undergraduate courses*
  • Representative writing sample of 500 to 1,000 words in length

*This program is designed for working adults who come from many diverse backgrounds; while it does not require an undergraduate degree in English, prerequisites include two writing-intensive undergraduate courses. Students may be admitted without these prerequisites with the understanding that the needed courses will be taken concurrently to graduate courses.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Applicants may apply for loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Code: 001179

Locale: Large Suburb

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