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Creative Writing

M.F.A Program Description

The MFA Program is a nationally ranked studio/research program, which means that our writers study literature as they endeavor to write it. The program focuses strongly on 12 credit hours of Writing Workshop in a declared genre, and requires 6 thesis hours in which students work one-on-one with their mentor professors. We also require 18 credit hours of graduate courses in literature. In addition, students will choose 1 of 3 unique Electives Concentrations. Students may also make use of resources provided by the Institute for Jazz Studies, the Institute for Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, the Paul Robeson Gallery, Dana Library and its Book Arts program, and the Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. The RU-N MFA Program also enjoys affiliations with The Newark Museum, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Newark Public Library, and Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, all a short walk from campus.


Melissa Hartland, Program Coordinator 

190 University Ave.

Englehard Hall | Room 101

Phone: 973-353-1107


Website: Creative Writing

M.F.A. Concentrations

1.    Literature/Book Arts

2.    Cultural, Political, and Ethnic Studies

3.    Performance/Media Studies

General Information

Degree Offered: M.F.A.
Part Time Study Available: Yes.

Degree Credit Requirements

MFA: 36

Career Opportunities 

  • Advertising Copywriter

  • Arts administrator

  • Creative Director

  • Digital Copywriter

  • Editorial Assistant

  • Lexicographer

  • Magazine Journalist

  • Newspaper Journalist

  • Web content manager

  • Writer

  • Academic librarian

  • Secondary school teacher

  • Social Media manager

  • Public Relations

Application Requirements and Deadlines

All transcripts – General GRE – TOEFL – 3 Letters of Recommendation – Writing Sample (Fiction or Poetry) – Personal Statement – CV/resume 

Due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are waiving the GRE requirement for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

January 1st  for Fall


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