Excellence, Access and Innovation
Follow your dreams – on a schedule you devise.
At Albertus Magnus College, you can earn your MFA in writing in just two years – without sacrificing family time or making demands on the job that pays your bills.
Traditional MFA programs force you to be a full-time student. Low-residency programs encroach on your career and family life – and that’s assuming you have the luxury of taking off two weeks each year.
The MFA in Writing at Albertus lets you follow your dreams – on a schedule you devise.
Albertus Magnus provides fully online and low-residency options for students to pursue an MFA.
Three times each semester, you'll meet for intensive classroom sessions and writing workshops. These meetings can take place either virtually in an online forum or in-person at our New Haven campus. The rest of the time, you pursue your studies online at your own pace – guided by an award-winning faculty and encouraged by a community of like-minded student writers.
This convenient yet demanding program develops the insights, discipline, and skills of the professional writer.Blending personalized attention to the individual’s needs with the utilization of Internet technology to create a virtual community of writers, the MFA in Writing at Albertus Magnus College combines flexibility with excellence, and provides a formative experience for writers seeking to hone their craft.
- A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 system*
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
- For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
- Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
- For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits Military, university and college transcripts Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility Veteran’s Intent to Register form
- Two letters of recommendation specifically addressing suitability for the program
- A written essay of 750 to 1,000 words, double-spaced, on “The Writer’s Journey,” detailing the applicant’s personal reflections on the writer’s craft and reasons for applying to the program
- A sample of written work in one genre as follows: Nonfiction: A completed composition or portion of a piece of at least 2,500 words and a maximum of 5,000 Fiction: A completed composition or portion of a piece of at least 2,500 words and a maximum of 5,000 Poetry: Between 5 and 10 pages containing at least five completed poems
- A one-page writer’s résumé, providing a profile and indication of the area of writing interest, summary of educational and writing experience (including any publications, current submissions, or works in progress), and employment history
Selected Student Publications
The MFA in Writing is designed to assist each student in acquiring the repertoire of skills of professional writers. The ultimate proof that these skills have been acquired is in the publication records of our students. The following is a list of student publications that we are aware of so far.
Albertus Magnus College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. The MFA in Writing Program is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
For general questions contact:
Professional & Graduate Studies
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
For further information contact:
Sarah Harris Wallman, Associate Director
(203)773-4473 or firstname.lastname@example.org