2019 Most Affordable Master's in Creative Writing Online

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Listed here are the 13 online colleges and universities that offer the most inexpensive creative writing master's degrees in 2019. Ranked #1 is University of Louisiana-Monroe, where tuition is $8,500 per year. In second place is Tiffin University, with an annual tuition of $10,000. Students will find great variety in program options at #10-ranked University of Denver, which offers concentrations in Professional Creative Nonfiction, Drama, Fiction, and Poetry Writing for $16,464 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $8,500
#2 #2 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $10,000
#3 #3 University of Arkansas at Monticello Annual Tuition $12,332
#4 #4 National University Annual Tuition $12,900
#5 #5 University of Houston-Victoria Annual Tuition $13,624
#6 #6 Bay Path University Annual Tuition $14,600
#7 #7 Arcadia University Annual Tuition $15,000
#8 #8 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $15,048
#9 #9 Western New England University Annual Tuition $15,216
#10 #10 University of Denver Annual Tuition $16,464
#11 #11 Chatham University Annual Tuition $20,118
#12 #12 Seton Hill University Annual Tuition $20,628
#13 #13 Goucher College Annual Tuition $21,675
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,260
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Multicultural Literature; American Poetry; Creative Writing for Teachers; Special Topics: Forms and Theories of Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $10,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 997
  • Example Classes:
    Aesthetics; Creativity and its Development; Ethnic Voices: Poetry; Poetics of Western Drama; Studies in Genre Fiction; Teaching College English
  • Annual Tuition: $12,332
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and COE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 255
  • Example Classes:
    First books of Poetry; Magazine Edit and Design; Memoirs of the Mind; Simple Art of Murder
  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,873
  • Example Classes:
    Basics of Screenwriting; Film as Art; Fundamentals of Linguistics; Interactive Storytelling; Modern Rhetoric; Nature Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $13,624
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,136
  • 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: 1,332
  • 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: 1,312
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Fiction; Craft of Contemporary Poetry; Fiction Workshop; Poetry Workshop
  • Annual Tuition: $15,048
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 19,027
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Creative Writing; Fiction and Film; Literary Theory; Screenwriting Fundamentals; Shakespeare; Story and Concept
  • Annual Tuition: $15,216
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,086
  • Example Classes:
    Individualized Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $16,464
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,860
  • 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: $20,118
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,108
  • 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: $20,628
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 349
  • Example Classes:
    Independent Writing Project; Readings in the Genre; Teaching Pop Fiction and Writing; Writing About Popular Fiction

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,675
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 699
  • 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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