2020 Most Affordable Master's in Creative Writing Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

This list highlights 21 schools, all of which offer affordable online master's in creative writing programs. Eastern Illinois University is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of here, and the cost per credit, which is $306.50, and found here">$5,210 annually. Ranked #2, the University of North Alabama offers a Master of Arts in Writing - Creative Writing at a tuition rate of here, and the cost per credit, which is $350.00, and found here">$6,300 annually. Classes for this program include Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction & Drama, Language and Gender, Literary Editing and Publishing, and The Contemporary American Novel.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Eastern Illinois University $5,210
# 2 #2 University of North Alabama $6,300
# 3 #3 University of Louisiana-Monroe $7,500
# 4 #4 Tiffin University $7,875
# 5 #5 University of Nebraska at Kearney $8,892
# 6 #6 The University of Texas at El Paso $10,350
# 7 #7 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
# 8 #8 Saint Leo University Online $11,340
# 10 #10 University of Arkansas at Monticello $12,511
# 12 #12 Albertus Magnus College $13,500
# 13 #13 University of Houston-Victoria $13,934
# 14 #14 Bay Path University $14,800
# 15 #15 Point Park University $14,850
# 16 #16 University of Nebraska at Omaha $15,000
# 17 #17 Arcadia University $15,300
# 18 #18 Reinhardt University $15,450
# 19 #19 The University of West Florida $15,700
# 20 #20 Central Washington University $16,959
# 21 #21 Mount Saint Mary's University - CA $17,946
#1
#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston (IL)
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 562
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 524
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

">HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000
  • Example Classes: Communication in Science and Technical Organizations, Composition Pedagogies, Creative Writing Professional Development--Joining The Literature Community, Ecocritical and Media Literature and Literary Theory, Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature--American Naturalism: The Individual and the City

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing
    #2
    #2
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 49%
    • Acceptance Rate: 70%
    • Average SATs: 1015 -1180
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 700
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,331
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100
  • Example Classes: Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction & Drama, Language and Gender, Literary Editing and Publishing, The Contemporary American Novel

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Writing - Creative Writing
    #3
    #3
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
    • Graduation Rate: 47%
    • Acceptance Rate: 75%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 899
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 939
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000
  • Example Classes: Advanced Multicultural Literature, American Poetry, Creative Writing for Teachers, Special Topics: Forms and Theories of Creative Writing

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing
    #4
    #4

    Tiffin University

    Tiffin (OH)
    Annual Tuition: $7,875
    Annual Tuition: $7,875
    Annual Tuition: $7,875
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 39%
    • Acceptance Rate: 69%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 420
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 613
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 968-6446
  • Example Classes: Aesthetics, Creativity and its Development, Ethnic Voices: Poetry, Poetics of Western Drama, Studies in Genre Fiction, Teaching College English

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Humanities in Creative Writing
    #5
    #5
    Annual Tuition: $8,892
    Annual Tuition: $8,892
    Annual Tuition: $8,892
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 56%
    • Acceptance Rate: 82%
    • Average SATs: 990 -1168
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 487
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,643
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (308) 865-8441
  • Example Classes: Colloquium: Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing for Public School Teachers, Drama Writing, Prosody: The Music of Poetic Form

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing (Non-Thesis Option)
    • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing (Thesis Option)
    #6
    #6
    Annual Tuition: $10,350
    Annual Tuition: $10,350
    Annual Tuition: $10,350
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
    • Graduation Rate: 37%
    • Acceptance Rate: 100%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,157
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,069
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (915) 747-5000
  • Example Classes: History of the Short Story From, Literary Translation, Physics as Metaphor, Politics of Narration, Writing Comics and Visual Cultural, Writing the Novel

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    #7
    #7
    Annual Tuition: $11,286
    Annual Tuition: $11,286
    Annual Tuition: $11,286
    • Online Degrees: 6
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 44%
    • Acceptance Rate: 78%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211
  • Example Classes: Fiction and Film, Screenwriting Fundamentals, Story and Concept, Studies in Place & Setting, Studying the Craft, The Editor

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MA in English and Creative Writing
    • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
    • MA in English and Creative Writing - Non-Fiction
    • MA in English and Creative Writing - Poetry
    • MA in English and Creative Writing - Screenwriting
    • MFA in Creative Writing
    #8
    #8
    Annual Tuition: $11,340
    Annual Tuition: $11,340
    Annual Tuition: $11,340
    • Online Degrees: 4
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 49%
    • Acceptance Rate: 58%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,242
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,720
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 588-8200
  • Example Classes: Foundations in Creative Nonfiction, Foundations in Fiction, Theory and Practice of Creative Writing, Workshop in Poetry

    Online Master's Degrees

    • M.A. in Creative Writing
    • M.A. in Creative Writing: Fiction
    • M.A. in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
    • M.A. in Creative Writing: Poetry
    #10
    #10

    University of Arkansas at Monticello

    Monticello (AR) (and 1 other)
    Annual Tuition: $12,511
    Annual Tuition: $12,511
    Annual Tuition: $12,511
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 29%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 219
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 184
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC

    Example Classes: First books of Poetry, Magazine Edit and Design, Memoirs of the Mind, Simple Art of Murder

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    #12
    #12

    Albertus Magnus College

    New Haven (CT)
    Annual Tuition: $13,500
    Annual Tuition: $13,500
    Annual Tuition: $13,500
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Acceptance Rate: 64%
    • Average SATs: 850 -1090
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 219
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 85
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NECHE
  • Phone #: (203) 773-8550
  • Example Classes: Seminar in Fiction I and II, Seminar in Non-fiction I and II, Seminar in Poetry I and II, The Creative Process, The Literary Marketplace, Writing Portfolio

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Writing
    #13
    #13
    Annual Tuition: $13,934
    Annual Tuition: $13,934
    Annual Tuition: $13,934
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 19%
    • Acceptance Rate: 49%
    • Average SATs: 930 -1088
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,605
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 934
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (361) 570-4848
  • Example Classes: American Literary History, British Literary History, Digital Publishing, Literary Theory

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Applied Literary Translation
    #14
    #14

    Bay Path University

    Longmeadow (MA) (and 1 other)
    Annual Tuition: $14,800
    Annual Tuition: $14,800
    Annual Tuition: $14,800
    • Online Degrees: 4
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%
    • Acceptance Rate: 63%
    • Average SATs: 960 -1170
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 870
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 523
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NECHE

    Example Classes: Eat, Drink, and Get Paid, Health and Wellness Writing: Storytelling as a Healing Art, Immersion in Publishing, Learning to Teach, Travel Writing, Women's Spiritual Writing Through the Ages

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing
    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing - Track in Narrative Medicine
    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing - Track in Publishing
    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing - Track in Teaching
    #15
    #15

    Point Park University

    Pittsburgh (PA)
    Annual Tuition: $14,850
    Annual Tuition: $14,850
    Annual Tuition: $14,850
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 60%
    • Acceptance Rate: 65%
    • Average SATs: 980 -1190
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 421
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 431
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (412) 391-4100
  • Example Classes: Dramatic & Cinematic Theories, Engaging the Audience, Genre, Form & Style, Knowledge Sharing for Storytellers, Past, Present & Future, Writing Landscapes

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen & Stage
    #16
    #16
    Annual Tuition: $15,000
    Annual Tuition: $15,000
    Annual Tuition: $15,000
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
    • Graduation Rate: 50%
    • Acceptance Rate: 87%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 923
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 554-2800
  • Example Classes: Fiction Seminar, Nonfiction Seminar, Playwriting Seminar, Poetry Seminar

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking - Writing and Critical Reflection
    • Master of Fine Arts in Writing
    #17
    #17

    Arcadia University

    Glenside (PA)
    Annual Tuition: $15,300
    Annual Tuition: $15,300
    Annual Tuition: $15,300
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
    • Graduation Rate: 66%
    • Acceptance Rate: 62%
    • Average SATs: 1030 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 13
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 565
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (215) 572-2900
  • Example Classes: Contemporary Fiction, Craft of Contemporary Poetry, Fiction Workshop, Poetry Workshop

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    #18
    #18

    Reinhardt University

    Waleska (GA)
    Annual Tuition: $15,450
    Annual Tuition: $15,450
    Annual Tuition: $15,450
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 38%
    • Acceptance Rate: 89%
    • Average SATs: 970 -1180
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 207
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 34
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (770) 720-5600
  • Example Classes: Reading Criticism, Reading Image, Reading Voice, Writer’s Workshop: Poetry, Prose, or Script

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    #19
    #19
    Annual Tuition: $15,700
    Annual Tuition: $15,700
    Annual Tuition: $15,700
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 46%
    • Acceptance Rate: 50%
    • Average SATs: 1080 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,893
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,452
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000
  • Example Classes: Special Topics in Creative Writing, Topics in British Literature from the Romantics to Present, Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction Writing, Workshop in Teaching Creative Writing

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MA in English - Creative Writing
    #20
    #20
    Annual Tuition: $16,959
    Annual Tuition: $16,959
    Annual Tuition: $16,959
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 57%
    • Acceptance Rate: 86%
    • Average SATs: 950 -1170
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,745
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 226
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NWCCU
  • Phone #: (509) 963-1111
  • Example Classes: Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing, Advanced Poetry Writing, Publishing Strategies and Practice for Writers, Special Topics: Narratology, Special Topics: Writing with Sound

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Professional and Creative Writing
    #21
    #21
    Annual Tuition: $17,946
    Annual Tuition: $17,946
    Annual Tuition: $17,946
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 65%
    • Acceptance Rate: 81%
    • Average SATs: 920 -1170
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 162
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 12
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">WSCUC
  • Phone #: (310) 954-4000
  • Example Classes: Creative Non-Fiction Writing II, Fiction Writing, Playwriting II, Poetry Writing, Writing for the Screen I

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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