2020 Most Affordable Master's in Creative Writing Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

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
#1
#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston (IL)
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 533
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 452
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000

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
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 594
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,023
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100

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
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 777
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 649
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000

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
#4
#4

Tiffin University

Tiffin (OH)
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 480
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 742
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 968-6446

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
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 935 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 376
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,621
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (308) 865-8441

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)
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $10,350
Annual Tuition: $10,350
Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,143
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,156
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (915) 747-5000

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
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

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
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,889
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,329
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 588-8200

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
#9
#9

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles (MO)
Annual Tuition: $11,880
Annual Tuition: $11,880
Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 422
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 872
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (636) 949-2000

Example Classes: Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction, Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction, Focused Fiction Workshop, Genre Fiction as Literature, Poetry Craft Foundations, The Literary Novel

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Writing
#10
#10

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Monticello (AR) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $12,511
Annual Tuition: $12,511
Annual Tuition: $12,511
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 202
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 166
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
#11
#11

National University

La Jolla (CA)
Annual Tuition: $13,260
Annual Tuition: $13,260
Annual Tuition: $13,260
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 0%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,130
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,497
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 628-8648

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
#12
#12

Albertus Magnus College

New Haven (CT)
Annual Tuition: $13,500
Annual Tuition: $13,500
Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 810 -1050
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 168
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 87
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (203) 773-8550

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Writing
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $13,934
Annual Tuition: $13,934
Annual Tuition: $13,934
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 19%
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,275
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 756
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (361) 570-4848

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
#14
#14

Bay Path University

Longmeadow (MA) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $14,800
Annual Tuition: $14,800
Annual Tuition: $14,800
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 886
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 615
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

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
#15
#15

Point Park University

Pittsburgh (PA)
Annual Tuition: $14,850
Annual Tuition: $14,850
Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 418
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 442
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (412) 391-4100

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
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 857
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 457
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 554-2800

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
#17
#17

Arcadia University

Glenside (PA)
Annual Tuition: $15,300
Annual Tuition: $15,300
Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (215) 572-2900

Example Classes: Contemporary Fiction, Craft of Contemporary Poetry, Fiction Workshop, Poetry Workshop

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
#18
#18

Reinhardt University

Waleska (GA)
Annual Tuition: $15,450
Annual Tuition: $15,450
Annual Tuition: $15,450
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 261
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 32
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (770) 720-5600

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
#19
#19

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $15,600
Annual Tuition: $15,600
Annual Tuition: $15,600
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 958 -1113
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

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
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $15,700
Annual Tuition: $15,700
Annual Tuition: $15,700
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,928
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,504
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000

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
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $16,959
Annual Tuition: $16,959
Annual Tuition: $16,959
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,722
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 458
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (509) 963-1111

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
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $17,946
Annual Tuition: $17,946
Annual Tuition: $17,946
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 144
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 17
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (310) 954-4000

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