Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Master's with Writing Concentration (M.A. with WC)

As of Fall 2013, we are no longer accepting applications to the MA with Writing Concentration degree program.

Fordham University's M.A. in English with a Writing Concentration offers intimate workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, and genre writing, while at the same time providing seminars in English and American literature in the full range of periods and genres as part of a PhD-granting, research-based department. Students may enroll full or part-time, and writing courses are held on both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.

For the M.A. with WC degree, students must complete ten courses (30 credits) and an M.A. with WC Capstone, a creative writing project developed individually with a faculty mentor.
  • Four (4) literature courses that cover four of the historical distribution requirements below (12 credits):

    • British Literature before 1485 (British 1)
    • British literature 1485-1800 (British 2)
    • British literature after 1800 (includes Irish & post-colonial) (British 3)
    • American literature before 1910 (American 1)
    • American literature since 1910 (American 2)
  • Six (6) creative writing and/or expository writing courses (18 credits)

  • M.A. with WC Capstone (0 credits)

M.A. with WC Students have 5 years to complete the degree, must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B), or 3.5 (B+) for financial aid recipients, and must maintain continuous enrollment.

Comprehensive Exam
Students who matriculated in Spring 2012 or before may request to take the M.A. with WC Comprehensive Exam and have their Capstone count as one of their 6 required writing courses.

The following students are exempt from the Comprehensive Exam:
Students matriculating in Summer 2012 or later
Students planning to graduate after Summer 2012

Students applying for the M.A. in English with a Writing Concentration should submit the following materials via Fordham's GSAS online application:

  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Critical writing sample
  • Creative writing sample (6 - 10 pages)
  • Applicants should specify their wish to specialize in writing and describe their particular creative writing genre of interest (i.e. poetry, fiction etc.)
Merit-based financial aid packages are available up to full tuition remission and a living stipend. We encourage you to visit the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for more information and begin an application now.

Members of Fordham's English faculty and two Writers-in-Residence teach writing courses. Each Fall and Spring semester the English department offers approximately fifteen graduate courses, two to three of which will be in creative or advanced expository writing. In addition, there will be writing courses available during the summer session. Writing seminars will be limited to twelve students and workshops to ten.

Our affiliated campus organization, Poets Out Loud (POL), hosts readings by prominent national and international writers. Students will also be invited to participate in a variety of other programs featuring visiting writers.

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