Start your MFA in Creative Writing as an undergraduate.

Have you always been a writer? Do you dream of turning your talent for crafting the written word into a career? Immerse yourself in the world of writing and take your work to the next level in our dual degree program in Creative Writing. 

The program combines the curriculum of the undergraduate Creative Writing major and our low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Keep up the momentum you started as an undergrad as you transition into the MFA program in your senior year. Specialize in one of six different genres throughout the graduate program—Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing For Stage and Screen, Writing For Young People, or Graphic Novels & Comics.

You'll finish the program with a BA and MFA in Creative Writing, a strong portfolio, and the connections to pursue a writing career, publishing opportunities, or teaching positions.

How It Works

The MFA Creative Writing program is 49 credits. By completing graduate credits as an undergraduate student, you'll save both time and money.

  • Attend your first residency of the master's program in January of your senior year.
  • Take 9 graduate-level credits after the residency during your senior year, included in your undergraduate tuition. This saves you a semester of time.
  • Complete the 40 remaining graduate credits after senior year, at the graduate tuition rate.
  • Earn your BA and MFA in about 5 1/2 years of full-time study.
  • Save an additional $10,500 on tuition with the Lesley Dividend (12 free graduate credits) for a total of about 43% off of your graduate tuition.

Eligibility & Applying

This dual degree program is for exceptional students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement as well as a strong commitment to the craft of writing.

You can apply in the spring of your junior year (or once you attain 75 credits toward your bachelor's degree) and you must be accepted into the MFA program by the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Admissions Criteria

  • 3.3 GPA
  • Official Lesley transcript, showing you have the 75 credits
  • Graduate admissions application
  • Two recommendations from professors (one in creative writing)
  • Writing sample (specific requirements depend on the genre you're pursuing)
  • Written personal statement
  • Admissions interview with the MFA Creative Writing Division
  • View all the details for the above admissions criteria
Aaron Smith, Associate Professor