Master of Fine Arts in Writing
At Albertus Magnus College, you can earn your MFA in creative writing in just two years – without sacrificing family time or your full time career. We know that Online MFA programs are growing in demand, and Albertus is leading the way in this growth.
Albertus provides a Master of Fine Arts degree online option, and a low-residency option for students to pursue an MFA.
Traditional low-residency creative writing programs require you to be a full-time
student, or dedicate an entire 2 weeks at once to the program. These formats can
encroach on your career and family life.
The Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Albertus Magnus College is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
The MFA in Writing at Albertus lets you follow your dreams – on a schedule you choose.
What Makes Writing at Albertus Different?
- Hands-on, experiential learning
- Interdisciplinary perspectives
- Emphasis on collaborative work
- Personally invested professors
- Small class sizes
- Innovative, well-rounded programs
- Resources and opportunities for research
- Lively extracurricular activities
- Campus-wide events
- Service and community engagement
- Active career counseling
- Opportunity-building networks
- Access to internships and professional experiences
The Albertus Writing Degree Program
Three times each semester, students will 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 MFA in creative writing online at your own pace – guided by an award-winning faculty and encouraged by a community of like-minded students pursuing writing degrees.
The Albertus Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program Schedule
The Master of Fine Arts requires a minimum of thirty-six credits for completion. It is designed to be delivered in either a fully online or a blended format and schedule that will maximize potential student access. Classes meet three times each during the fall and spring semesters -- in either an online or in-person format -- with the remaining instruction and coursework occurring online.
A Blended or Online Learning Environment
- Three times each semester, classes either meet virtually in an online environment or meet "on the ground" at our New Haven campus. The choice is yours!
- Each session lasts 2 hours for each 4-credit course.
- Detailed course packets provide MFA students with an outline of readings and assignments for the entire semester.
- Students may enroll in the program on a full or part-time basis.
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.
- Students are guided by faculty which includes published poets, short story writers, and authors of academic monographs as well as creative non-fiction.
- Students maximize interaction with each other and their professors through the MFA learning community website and through on-campus meetings once every five weeks.
Going for this degree helped me start thinking of myself as a writer. When I embarked on this program, it was a way to tell my family, friends, even myself that I was serious about writing. It also helped me bracket those few years and say, “I’m doing this now; and I’m deciding to give it my time.”
Jennifer Peterson , Master of Fine Arts in Writing '13
Meet Professor Charles Rafferty
Professor Charles Rafferty has been the Co-Director of the MFA program since its inception in 2010, and currently co-chairs the department with fiction writer Sarah Harris Wallman. His poetry has been featured in numerous publications, including the New Yorker.
“The published industry is changing constantly and rapidly, we want to see students well on their way to producing that first book.”
Rafferty has published 7 books of poetry and 2 books of short fiction. His collection of prose poems, The Smoke of Horses, was published by BOA Editions. His work regularly appears in such publications as The New Yorker, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review.
Visit Charles’ Faculty Profile
Albertus' Recent Visiting Writers
Selected Albertus MFA Alumni 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.
Benjamin Christensen (fiction '14):
“The Blue Line” (Static Movement, January 2012)
“Snow & Cognac” (Static Movement, March 2012)
“Caves” (Another Sky Press, March 2013)
“Beautiful Thieves” (Scars Publications, September 2012)
“New Years” (The Speculative Edge, March 2013)
Jennifer Hudson (fiction '14)
“Fetch,” (Soul Reflections, Wicked East Press, 2013)
“Forgotten Manners,” (Ink Monkey, 2013)
“Foreign Tongue,” (Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, volume 8, issue 2, 2012)
“X,” (Colere, 2012)
“Mixed Nuts,” (Epiphany, issue 13, 2012)
“Melting the Ice,” (Weirdyear, 3 April 2011)
Krista Surprenant (poetry '14)
“Seminole County, Florida,” (SN Review, Winter/Spring 2013)
“Planting Paper Flowers,” (SN Review, Winter/Spring 2013)
“Sitting in the Classroom,” (SN Review, Winter/Spring 2013)
“Third Street Miracle,” (Blast Furnace, volume 3, issue 1, April 2013)
Gerard Bianco (fiction '13)
“A Tattoo” at Burningwood Literary Journal
The Deal Master (2012) (a self-published novel)
Discipline: A Play (2011; selected as a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards)
Bette Isacoff (nonfiction '13)
Star Crossed (Headwinds Publishing, November 2013)
Coral Moore (fiction '13)
“Deep Water” (a short story single with Dreamspinner Press)
Elements of Rebellion (a self-published novel with an impressive sales record)
Broods of Fenrir (a series of self-published urban fantasy books with good sales)
Where Will Your Writing Degree take You?
The MFA at Albertus prepares students for various job opportunities after graduation. Students will understand how the publishing industry operates and will be well-positioned to enter the workforce in fields such as editing, writing, marketing, and teaching.
Possible career paths with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing include:
Writing Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the Writing program, applicants must submit the following:
- A writing sample of one of the following:
- Fiction: 10 pages, double-spaced. This can be a chapter, a scene, a completed story, or multiple flash stories.
- Nonfiction: 10 pages, double-spaced. This can be a chapter, an essay, a scene, or multiple flash memoirs.
- Poetry: 10 pages, single-spaced. This can be a single long poem or multiple poems.
- A completed application
- 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 reflecting conferral of prior degree (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for master’s programs). All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions.
- 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 online degrees, a valid Driver’s License or DMV Photo ID
- 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
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The Albertus Writing Degree Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of English is consonant with the mission of the College, which is to provide solid academic grounding and an education that will enable students after their college years to lead productive and enriched lives. The Department of English works with every student to improve basic written and oral communication and to instill a knowledge of and critical appreciation for literature in English. The Department strives to foster a spirit of inquiry and a habit of reasoning directed toward the discovery of a system of values.