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.

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.


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

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