American University

College of Arts and Sciences

Creative Writing (MFA)


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Established in 1980, American University's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing is dedicated to supporting the intensely personal act of creating literature that will illuminate and endure. Incoming students encounter an open, respectful community of writers and a curriculum that embraces the full range of writing experiences in the vibrant cultural and international capital of Washington, D.C. Through intensive workshops, seminars, and literature classes; teaching and internship experiences; and close contact with visiting writers; the MFA in creative writing program simultaneously challenges students to extend the possibilities of their craft and offers them a safe place to take risks as they develop a body of finished work. The full-time creative-writing faculty includes award-winning poets and fiction-writers Richard McCann, David Keplinger, Kyle G. Dargan, Andrew Holleran, and Mary Kay Zuravleff.


American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education & the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

International Student Requirements:

Please see American University's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Admission’s website for admission requirements.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 48

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1178.00

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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