Online Programs - MFA - Writing
Online Programs - MFA in Writing
The online option for the MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University focuses on the practice and study of creative writing. We offer personalized instruction in small workshop sessions featuring a wide range of genres—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, and narrative journalism—along with offering literature and craft classes. MFA students may also earn course credit for serving as editorial assistants on the literary journal The Lindenwood Review.
LU MFA students can take classes entirely in the classroom, entirely online, or through a combination of in-class and online coursework. Fully online students have no residency requirement; all coursework, including the final thesis, may be taken online. (Online students who live in the area are also welcome to take in-class coursework along with online classes if they prefer.) Fully online students may take one, two, or three 3-credit online classes per quarter. The MFA in Writing degree is a 48-credit hour program, with the final three hours dedicated to a thesis in the writer’s chosen genre. Our program and our university are fully accredited.
Admission to the MFA in Writing program is based on a creative writing sample and a brief statement of purpose. Both items should be emailed directly to MFA Program Director Beth Mead. The writing sample should be 7-10 pages of creative writing—fiction, poetry, and/or literary creative nonfiction. The Statement of Purpose should be a brief description of why you would like to pursue the MFA degree and the role writing has played in your life. We are looking for students with strong writing skills, an understanding of the craft of literary creative writing, and a willingness to grow and stretch as a writer. We offer rolling admissions with four deadlines per year. We do not require letters of recommendation or GRE scores; students are selected individually based on their submitted writing.
Submission Deadlines: To begin coursework in Summer Quarter (July-Sept.), the writing sample and statement of purpose must be emailed to the MFA Program Director by May 15; to begin in Fall Quarter (Oct.-Dec.), by August 15; for Winter Quarter (Jan.-March), by November 15; for Spring Quarter (April-June), by February 15.
Upon the Director’s acceptance into the MFA program (based on the writing sample and statement of purpose), students must also apply for full admission to the university and meet all university admissions requirements. For identification purposes, fully online students who are unable to meet in person with admissions or the director prior to initial enrollment must submit a notarized copy of their driver’s license.
Tuition is $440 per credit hour, and there is a 10% surcharge for online classes. We offer two grants: students age 60 and over receive a 50% tuition discount, and students who are currently teaching elementary, middle school, or high school receive $60 off per credit hour. Complete the FAFSA to apply for other financial aid and student loans.