Develop Your Style and Specialize in One of Four Genres

At the Adelphi Creative Writing M.F.A. program, creativity and passion meet skill and hands-on experience. During your time in the program, you’ll feel energized by intimate writing workshops, learn from inspiring mentors, and benefit from partnerships with leading literary organizations in New York City.

The distinctive M.F.A. in Creative Writing curriculum offers you the opportunity to:

  • Explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and dramatic writing.
  • Meet with writers, agents, and editors to learn about the professional life of a writer.
  • Learn how to submit a manuscript and apply for grants and jobs.

Accelerator Admission Details

Direct MAP Advanced MAP MAP Pre-Sessional English
GPA 3.0 3.0 2.5 2.5
IELTS 6.5 6.0 5.5 < 4.5
Program Start Date Fall only Spring only Fall only Spring, Fall or Summer*

*Students may only progress from Pre-Sessional English into MAP in the Fall semester.

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor’s degrees in: English Literature, Literature, Creative Writing.

Portfolio Requirements

All accelerator students must submit a portfolio with their application in order to receive their full Adelphi acceptance.

Students must submit one of the following: 

    • Poetry: 10 – 15 pages (approximately a dozen poems)
    • Fiction: Maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, which can consist of one or more stories or part of a novel. If an excerpt from a longer work is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the work as a whole.
    • Creative non-fiction: Maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, which can consist of one or more pieces or part of a longer work. If an excerpt from a longer work is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the work as a whole.

MAP Sample Coursework

Exploring the Arts: Creative Speech and Storytelling (exclusively for Master’s Accelerator students)
Digital Literacies and 21st Century (exclusively for Master’s Accelerator students)

Progression Details

Direct MAP Advanced MAP MAP Pre-Sessional English
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6 9 0
Progression Requirements Maintain status GPA of 3.25
No grade lower than a B, and approval from the Accelerator team
GPA of 3.25
No grade lower than a B, and approval from the Accelerator team
Successful completion of the Level 4 courses

Total credits required for degree: 40

Tuition Costs*

Pre-sessional English
14-week Sessions 
Direct MAP
1 Semester
Advanced MAP
1 Semester
MAP
2 Semesters
Cost Per Credit After MAP Total Credits Required For Degree
$8,360 $14,716 – $16,390 $17,273 – $18,387 $25,624 – $26,738 $1,310 40

*tuition can vary based on semester of entry

Enhance your employability.

Through the Career Accelerator, you’ll enhance your employability, gain skills to advance your academic performance, and access opportunities for real-world work placement, either while pursuing your degree or upon graduation.