2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Creative Writing

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These 18 online colleges and universities offer the most affordable online master's in creative writing programs. In first place, Tiffin University offers a Master of Humanities in Creative Writing at a cheap annual tuition rate of $7,500. Southern New Hampshire University Online, ranked ninth, offers multiple program options including an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English and Creative Writing with concentrations in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Tuition for SNHU's online creative writing programs is $12,540 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $7,500
#2 #2 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $8,500
#3 #3 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $9,750
#4 #4 University of Arkansas at Monticello Annual Tuition $10,800
#5 #5 Central Washington University Annual Tuition $10,969
#6 #6 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $11,520
#7 #7 National University Annual Tuition $12,064
#8 #8 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Annual Tuition $12,210
#9 #9 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $12,540
#10 #10 University of Houston-Victoria Annual Tuition $13,461
#11 #11 Bay Path University Annual Tuition $14,600
#12 (tie) #12 (tie) Arcadia University Annual Tuition $15,000
#12 (tie) #12 (tie) University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $15,000
#14 #14 University of Denver Annual Tuition $15,840
#15 #15 Albertus Magnus College Annual Tuition $19,764
#16 #16 Seton Hill University Annual Tuition $19,818
#17 #17 Chatham University Annual Tuition $20,118
#18 #18 Goucher College Annual Tuition $20,825
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,055
  • Example Classes:
    Aesthetics; Creativity and its Development; Ethnic Voices: Poetry; Poetics of Western Drama; Studies in Genre Fiction; Teaching College English
  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,322
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Multicultural Literature; American Poetry; Creative Writing for Teachers; Special Topics: Forms and Theories of Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,097
  • Example Classes:
    Aesthetics for the Contemporary Communicator; Playwriting; Redemptive Cinema; Story Structure for Stage & Screen; Writing for Television; Writing the Short Film
  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and COE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 215
  • Example Classes:
    First books of Poetry; Magazine Edit and Design; Memoirs of the Mind; Simple Art of Murder
  • Annual Tuition: $10,969
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 881
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing; Advanced Poetry Writing; Publishing Strategies and Practice for Writers; Special Topics: Narratology; Special Topics: Writing with Sound
  • Annual Tuition: $11,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,335
  • Example Classes:
    Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction; Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction; Focused Fiction Workshop; Genre Fiction as Literature; Poetry Craft Foundations; The Literary Novel

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,064
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,638
  • Example Classes:
    Basics of Screenwriting; Film as Art; Fundamentals of Linguistics; Interactive Storytelling; Modern Rhetoric; Nature Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $12,210
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,969
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary World Literature; Dramatic/Cinematic Writing; Ethnic-American Literature; Modern Poetry; Non-Linear Narrative; Shakespeare
  • Annual Tuition: $12,540
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 17,454
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Creative Writing; Fiction and Film; Literary Theory; Screenwriting Fundamentals; Shakespeare; Story and Concept
  • Annual Tuition: $13,461
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,179
  • Example Classes:
    American Literary History; British Literary History; Creative Nonfiction Writing; Digital Publishing; Literary Theory; Screenwriting
  • Annual Tuition: $14,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,251
  • Example Classes:
    Eat, Drink, and Get Paid; Health and Wellness Writing: Storytelling as a Healing Art; Immersion in Publishing; Learning to Teach; Travel Writing; Women's Spiritual Writing Through the Ages
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,344
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Fiction; Craft of Contemporary Poetry; Fiction Workshop; Poetry Workshop
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,038
  • Example Classes:
    Fiction Seminar; Nonfiction Seminar; Playwriting Seminar; Poetry Seminar

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,039
  • Example Classes:
    From Romance to Realism; Literary Translation: Crossing Borders to Enrich Your Own Writing; Personal Performance Writing: From Page to Voicing for an Audience; Writing and Healing; Writing Improvisational Poetry in Organic Verse and Prose; Writing the Memoir
  • Annual Tuition: $19,764
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 318
  • Example Classes:
    Seminar in Fiction I and II; Seminar in Non-fiction I and II; Seminar in Poetry I and II; The Creative Process; The Literary Marketplace; Writing Portfolio

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,818
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 398
  • Example Classes:
    Independent Writing Project; Readings in the Genre; Teaching Pop Fiction and Writing; Writing About Popular Fiction

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,118
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,190
  • Example Classes:
    Ecofeminist Literature; The Craft of Poetry; The Environmental Imagination; Writing About Food; Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Lyric & Formally Adventurous Essay; Writing for Children: Mystery & Suspense
  • Annual Tuition: $20,825
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 669
  • Example Classes:
    Mentorship I-IV; Workshop I: Creative Writing; Workshop II: Manuscript: Beginning; Workshop III: Manuscript: Work in Progress; Workshop IV: Final Manuscript
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