Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

MFA

Full-time enrollment in the MFA extends over 25 months, spanning four non-residency semesters and three Summer Residencies. Students may also attend half-time or take a leave of absence if necessary.

Summer Residency Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year  $2,100 (3 credits)* $8,400 (12 credits) $8,400 (12 credits)
Second Year $2,100 (3 credits) $9,100 (13 credits) $9,100 (13 credits)
Third Year 2,800 (4 credits)

Cost per credit: $700
Total estimated MFA program cost: $42,000.00

*The first Summer Residency requires a separate FAFSA application because it falls in the previous year’s financial aid cycle. The subsequent summers are part of the fall-spring-summer cycle for aid awards. Federal financial aid regulations for the first Summer Residency also require a minimum of 4.5 credits for students to qualify for loans. Those who wish to apply for aid may register for two additional independent study credits.

Maintaining Matriculation to Complete the MFA Thesis

Students have a maximum of five years for completion of a master’s degree from initial enrollment as a graduate degree seeking student. In order to maintain active status, graduate students must register in at least one graduate course per academic year. Because some MFA students may not be able to complete their theses by the end of their formal coursework in the program, we allow students to enroll in a two-credit version of CRWR 692, “Independent Study,” a variable credit course, each fall and spring semester until the student completes their thesis. Students who do not enroll in this course do not receive instruction on the thesis, lose their active status and must complete a Graduate Application for Readmission form and submit it to the GPCW and the office of Graduate Studies. The cost of CRWR 692 is $700/credit ($1,400/semester for a two-credit course), which gives the student access to Western email and to MyWestern, along with instruction from the thesis adviser.

M.A.

Full-time enrollment in the M.A. extends over 13 months, spanning two non-residency semesters and two Summer Residencies. Students may also attend half-time or take a leave of absence if necessary.

Summer Residency Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year $2,100 (3 credits)* $8,400 (12 credits) $8,400 (12 credits)
Second Year $2,100 (3 credits)

Cost per credit: $700
Total estimated M.A. program cost: $21,000.00

*The first Summer Residency requires a separate FAFSA application because it falls in the previous year’s financial aid cycle. The subsequent summers are part of the fall-spring-summer cycle for awards. Federal financial aid regulations for the first Summer Residency also require a minimum of 4.5 credits for students to qualify for loans. Those who wish to apply for aid may register for two additional independent student credits.