An MA is the standard credential for teaching in community colleges—the fastest-growing segment of higher education—and undergraduate English courses.
An MFA and significant publications are usually required for tenure-track appointments in undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs.
Prospective students must submit all application materials by the deadline listed above.
The English Department admissions process occurs once a year and ends in early February.
Students will receive both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English; students are expected to complete a book-length thesis project and a substantial essay on literary texts.
The program also offers opportunities for students to learn how to teach creative writing and edit a literary journal.
The MA/MFA also offers courses that prepare students to teach writing or work in publishing.
Students who take a seminar and practicum in teaching learn how to design courses, prepare class plans, and lead workshops.
Over the course of the Program the 12 of you will learn, work and grow together to form a close-knit artistic community.
NU‚ alumni, individually and through the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance, are known not only for their high profile successes in the worlds of film, stage, and television, but also for their willingness to help emerging graduates.