2020 Most Affordable Master's in Creative Writing Online

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This list highlights 22 schools, all of which offer affordable online master's in creative writing programs. Eastern Illinois University is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of $5,210 annually. Ranked #2, the University of North Alabama offers a Master of Arts in Writing - Creative Writing at a tuition rate of $6,300 annually. Classes for this program include Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction & Drama, Language and Gender, Literary Editing and Publishing, and The Contemporary American Novel.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $5,210
# 2 #2 $6,300
# 3 #3 $7,500
# 4 #4 $7,875
# 5 #5 $8,892
# 6 #6 $10,350
# 7 #7 $11,286
# 8 #8 $11,340
# 9 #9 $11,880
# 10 #10 $12,511
# 11 #11 $13,260
# 12 #12 $13,500
# 13 #13 $13,934
# 14 #14 $14,800
# 15 #15 $14,850
# 16 #16 $15,000
# 17 #17 $15,300
# 18 #18 $15,450
# 19 #19 $15,600
# 20 #20 $15,700
# 21 #21 $16,959
# 22 #22 $17,946
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,210
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,514
  • Example Classes: Communication in Science and Technical Organizations; Composition Pedagogies; Creative Writing Professional Development--Joining The Literature Community; Ecocritical and Media Literature and Literary Theory; Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature--American Naturalism: The Individual and the City

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,335
  • Example Classes: Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction & Drama; Language and Gender; Literary Editing and Publishing; The Contemporary American Novel

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Writing - Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,503
  • Example Classes: Advanced Multicultural Literature; American Poetry; Creative Writing for Teachers; Special Topics: Forms and Theories of Creative Writing

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 822
  • Example Classes: Aesthetics; Creativity and its Development; Ethnic Voices: Poetry; Poetics of Western Drama; Studies in Genre Fiction; Teaching College English

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Humanities in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,843
  • Example Classes: Colloquium: Creative Writing; Creative Nonfiction; Creative Writing for Public School Teachers; Drama Writing; Prosody: The Music of Poetic Form

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing (Thesis Option)
  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,687
  • Example Classes: History of the Short Story From; Literary Translation; Physics as Metaphor; Politics of Narration; Writing Comics and Visual Cultural; Writing the Novel

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Bilingual
  • Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 21,375
  • Example Classes: Fiction and Film; Screenwriting Fundamentals; Story and Concept; Studies in Place & Setting; Studying the Craft; The Editor

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in English and Creative Writing
  • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
  • MA in English and Creative Writing - Non-Fiction
  • MA in English and Creative Writing - Poetry
  • MA in English and Creative Writing - Screenwriting
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,146
  • Example Classes: Foundations in Creative Nonfiction; Foundations in Fiction; Theory and Practice of Creative Writing; Workshop in Poetry

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Creative Writing
  • M.A. in Creative Writing: Fiction
  • M.A. in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • M.A. in Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,939
  • Example Classes: Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction; Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction; Focused Fiction Workshop; Genre Fiction as Literature; Poetry Craft Foundations; The Literary Novel
  • Annual Tuition: $12,511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 301
  • Example Classes: First books of Poetry; Magazine Edit and Design; Memoirs of the Mind; Simple Art of Murder

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $13,260
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,195
  • Example Classes: Basics of Screenwriting; Modern Rhetoric; Pedagogy of Creative Writing; Pictures that Speak; Seminar in Literary Hypermedia; Writing for Young Adults

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 340
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $13,934
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,135
  • Example Classes: American Literary History; British Literary History; Digital Publishing; Literary Theory

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Applied Literary Translation
  • Annual Tuition: $14,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,521
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing - Publishing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing - Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 903
  • Example Classes: Dramatic & Cinematic Theories; Engaging the Audience; Genre, Form & Style; Knowledge Sharing for Storytellers; Past, Present & Future; Writing Landscapes

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen & Stage
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,001
  • Example Classes: Fiction Seminar; Nonfiction Seminar; Playwriting Seminar; Poetry Seminar

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking - Writing and Critical Reflection
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,502
  • Example Classes: Contemporary Fiction; Craft of Contemporary Poetry; Fiction Workshop; Poetry Workshop

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $15,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 93
  • Example Classes: Reading Criticism; Reading Image; Reading Voice; Writer’s Workshop: Poetry, Prose, or Script

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $15,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,536
  • Example Classes: Aesthetics for the Contemporary Communicator; Playwriting; Redemptive Cinema; Story Structure for Stage & Screen; Writing for Television; Writing the Short Film

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Script and Screenwriting
  • Annual Tuition: $15,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,114
  • Example Classes: Special Topics in Creative Writing; Topics in British Literature from the Romantics to Present; Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction Writing; Workshop in Teaching Creative Writing

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in English - Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $16,959
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 923
  • Example Classes: Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing; Advanced Poetry Writing; Publishing Strategies and Practice for Writers; Special Topics: Narratology; Special Topics: Writing with Sound

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Professional and Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $17,946
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 609
  • Example Classes: Creative Non-Fiction Writing II; Fiction Writing; Playwriting II; Poetry Writing; Writing for the Screen I

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing