Overview

 

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.

Students successfully completing this program will demonstrate

  • A knowledge of the conventions of specific writing genres
  • An understanding of the creative process
  • A knowledge of market trends in specific areas of professional writing
  • The ability to develop an effective project synopsis, outline, and submission materials that conform to industry expectations and standards
  • Highly developed writing skills
  • The ability to plan and execute a major project in a specific genre of writing

Program Format

The Master of Fine Arts requires a minimum of thirty-six credits for completion. It is designed to be delivered in a blended format and schedule that will maximize potential student access. On-campus classes meet once every five weeks on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters, with the remaining instruction occurring online.

A Blended Learning Environment

  • Each semester, classes meet “on the ground” once every five weeks for three Saturdays.  
  • Each Saturday session lasts for 2 ½ hours for each 4 credit course and for one hour for the portfolio/mentoring course
  • Detailed course packets provide MFA students with an outline of readings and assignments for the entire 15 week semester
  • Students maximize interaction with each other and their professors through the MFA learning community website and through on-campus meetings once every five weeks.
A Portfolio Process
  • Students will work toward creating a portfolio of publishable work in their chosen genres A portfolio mentor advises and guides the student through the course of study
  • A process that is focused, efficient and meaningful
  • MFA students can enroll as full-time graduate students and complete the program in two years.

Faculty Authors

  • Students are guided by a faculty which includes published poets, novelists and authors of academic monographs as well as creative non-fiction.
Flexibility

Program Credentials

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.

MFA

For general questions contact: 
School of Evening & Graduate Programs
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203-773-8505

For further information contact:
Sarah Harris Wallman, Associate Director
(203)773-4473 or swallman@albertus.edu