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The MFA in Writing program at Lindenwood University focuses on the study and practice of the craft of creative writing.

Lindenwood University offers the opportunity to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing. The MFA is a 48-credit-hour program, including a final Graduate Thesis, allowing students to take courses on-campus or online in a wide variety of writing genres. We offer workshops, craft classes, and literature classes in small class settings, designed for individualized feedback, skill-building, and personal growth in a challenging but supportive environment. Students also have the opportunity to serve as editorial assistants on The Lindenwood Review, the literary journal produced by our program. Our program offers dedicated instructors (including writers such as Tony D'Souza, Wm Anthony Connolly, and Kali White VanBaale), a flexible and extensive curriculum (including courses in literary fiction, genre fiction, the novel, poetry, prose poetry, creative nonfiction, and many specialized focus areas), literary events such as the MFA Craft Talks, the option to complete the MFA degree fully online with no residency requirement, and a strong writing community.

MFA students enhance their writing skills, develop their analysis expertise, and expand their literary knowledge. Graduates often pursue careers in writing, editing, publishing, and teaching. The MFA is a terminal degree that qualifies graduates to teach writing at the university level. Our program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The MFA in Writing is a selective program, contingent upon acceptance of a creative writing sample and statement of purpose. This ensures that all students are at a point in their writing development where they are prepared for an intense focus on their writing, and that they are well-equipped to give useful feedback to other writers. We are looking for students with strong writing skills, an understanding of the craft of creative writing, and a willingness to continue growing as a writer. Visit our Prospective Students page for full details about the MFA submission process and additional university admissions requirements. For more information, contact us at MFAdirector@lindenwood.edu. 

Tuition & Grants

Tuition is $495 per credit hour as of summer 2019. The MFA in Writing is a 48-credit-hour program.

We offer several grants through the Admissions office:

  • MFA students age 60 and over can apply to receive a 50% tuition discount
  • MFA students who are currently teaching elementary, middle school, or high school can apply to receive $60 off per credit hour
  • MFA students who are currently teaching at a community college can apply to receive $40 off per credit hour

Lindenwood University does not offer MFA-specific scholarships or Teaching Assistantships (but our Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA class includes preparatory information for students who plan to teach after graduation). 

Complete the FAFSA to apply for other financial aid and student loans. For information about any other grants or scholarships that the university may offer, contact Admissions at (636) 949-4949 or Financial Aid at (636) 949-4923. 

Lindenwood University's student support services are offered to all students. We know that many working adults may have had an extended time away from a college environment; we have a system in place that ensures you'll have academic support, a full-time faculty advisor, and assistance with the financial aid process. 

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Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301