Program in Creative Writing College of Arts and Sciences Adelphi University

Program in Creative Writing College of Arts and Sciences Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
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Adelphi University Offers a Unique Cross-Genre M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Adelphi University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a unique cross-genre program that allows students to specialize in fiction, poetry, dramatic writing or creative nonfiction.

One of Adelphi's newest graduate degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences, the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing quickly garnered praise and support from such writers as the celebrated novelist and poet Alice Hoffman. An Adelphi alum and prolific writer of more than 18 novels and two books of poems, Ms. Hoffman has personally funded two generous Alice Hoffman Fellowships for the M.F.A. program.

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The 40-credit M.F.A. program is taught by distinguished faculty members who have published extensively. The multifaceted program includes literature courses and extensive writing workshops and prepares students for careers in writing, teaching, and/or more advanced graduate studies through training in creative writing, language and literary studies, research, and teaching.

The creative writing experience is enhanced by Adelphi's weekly Professional Development Practicum. A unique feature of the graduate program, the practicum introduces students to professional writers across many disciplines and gives them realistic awareness of what a life in letters entails.

Graduate studies include a combination of writing workshops, literature classes, thesis colloquium, and thesis independent study. The thesis must display a mastery of writing skills and be a manuscript of near-published or performable quality.

All graduate students become members of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The professional association of writers provides members with professional and artistic support and invaluable assistance in finding positions of employment.

Internship Opportunities Within the Creative Writing Program

The faculty and staff of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program have developed relationships with dozens of leading organizations in the creative and performing arts field in the New York metropolitan area. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for internships at diverse organizations, such as the Academy of American Poets and the National Book Foundation.

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction Concentration

The fiction program views fiction in two ways--with a regard for tradition and with a capacity for experimentation. Workshops and classes focus on the elements of craft, varied narrative philosophies and the infinite resourcefulness of the creative imagination. The program fosters the work ethic philosophy that writers must collaborate and share, write and rewrite, read and re-read.

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry Concentration

Poetry classes and workshops are craft-based and dedicated to the writing and rewriting of poems of all kinds. Published and unpublished texts are used to develop reading and editing skills. The program considers and develops thoughtful and practical approaches to the life of the poet and the creative process as it is viewed through the eyes of those who are interested in teaching and creating. Students help one another set artistic and professional goals.

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Dramatic Writing Concentration

The dramatic writing program emphasizes the study of the structure of plays to teach students the craftsmanship of the art of storytelling and prepare them for life in dramatic writing. Students study the evolution of dramatic storytelling throughout history and how theater has always reacted, reflected, and reinterpreted the present moment of living. From this foundation, students focus on the genres of playwriting, screenwriting, and/or scriptwriting for television. Writing workshops are based on the development process, focusing on how a writer creates a personal methodology for his or her craft.

M.F.A in Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction

The creative nonfiction program focuses on the literary rendition of fact. Students learn the techniques behind writing creative nonfiction, including the unusual possibilities, difficulties, beauties and dangers, all of which are examined in the program's workshops. The works that are explored are craft-based and use published and unpublished texts to clarify the forms and traditions of the genre. As a community of writers and readers, students are encouraged through rigorous, supportive engagement with each other's work.

Adelphi Faculty and Research Facilities Are in the Forefront

Adelphi has hired hundreds of additional professors since 2001. Adelphi University's commitment to excellence in education is evidenced by its major investments in university research facilities, infrastructure, and state-of-the-art computer technology, as well as its success in attracting nationally recognized educators to the faculty. In recent years, Adelphi faculty members have been recognized as Fulbright and Hartford Scholars.

Added Value

Established in 1896, Adelphi University is a fully accredited, private university with nearly 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and returning-adult students in the arts and sciences, business, allied health, clinical psychology, education, nursing, and social work. Academic experts have chosen Adelphi University as the gold standard for northeastern colleges. Noted for high academic standards and reasonable tuition costs, the private liberal arts university has also been recognized as a best buy in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for eight straight years. Adelphi was also selected as a Best College in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review" and a Top College by "Forbes". ranked us in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in return on investment.

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Adelphi University

Adelphi University is a private university located in Garden City, New York, just 23 miles from Manhattan, where its students take advantage of numerous cultural and internship opportunities. Founded in 1896, it is the oldest coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island.

Five Convenient Adelphi Campuses Are in the New York City Metro Area

Adelphi University has five locations in the New York metropolitan area offering select academic programs. The Garden City campus, the Hauppauge Education and Conference Center and the Sayville Downtown Center are on Long Island. The Manhattan Center is situated in the historic SoHo neighborhood of New York City. The Hudson Valley Center is located north of New York City in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Location & Contact

Program in Creative Writing

College of Arts and Sciences
Adelphi University

One South Avenue PO Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
United States

Ms. Judith Baumel


Phone: 516-877-4031

Ms. Christine Murphy

Director of Admissions

Phone: 516-877-3050
Fax: 516-877-3039

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Writing Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees2 letters of reference, manuscript in chosen genre (poetry, fiction, playwriting), and personal statement essay, college transcript
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students16
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students16
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Full-time Percentage69%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino15%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian85%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%




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