2020 Most Affordable Online MFA Programs

2020 Most Affordable MFA Masters Degrees Badge

This list highlights 17 schools, all of which offer affordable online MFA programs. Ranked #1, Regent University Online charges $9,750 per year for their MFA in Film & Television. In the #2 spot is Southern New Hampshire University Online, offering an MFA in Creative Writing for $11,286 per academic year. Available courses for this program include Non-Fiction Fundamentals, Poetry Fundamentals, and Studies in Place & Setting.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $9,750
# 2 #2 $11,286
# 3 #3 $11,880
# 4 #4 $12,511
# 5 #5 $13,260
# 6 #6 $13,500
# 7 #7 $13,934
# 8 #8 $14,800
# 9 #9 $15,000
# 10 #10 $15,300
# 11 #11 $16,350
# 12 #12 $19,251
# 13 #13 $19,494
# 14 #14 $20,400
# 15 #15 $21,249
# 16 #16 $22,320
# 17 #17 $29,969
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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,536
  • Example Classes: Directing Actors for the Camera; Feature Film Scriptwriting; Film-Television Equipment Workshop; Lighting & Cinematography; Sound Production & Design; Story Structure for Stage & Screen

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Film-Television
  • MFA in Film-Television - Directing
  • MFA in Film-Television - Producing
  • MFA in Film-Television - Script & Screenwriting
  • M.F.A. in Film & Television
  • Master of Fine Arts in Script and Screenwriting
  • Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 21,375
  • Example Classes: Contemporary Writers and Publishing; Fiction and Film; Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Other Popular Fiction; Non-Fiction Fundamentals; Poetry Fundamentals; Studies in Place & Setting

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,939
  • Example Classes: Advanced Studies in Prose: Shakespearean Revisionist Fictions; Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction; Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Memoir Chapter Workshop; Focused Poetry Workshop: Ekphrastic Poetry; Genre Fiction Workshop: Romance Writing; The Literary Journal: Fiction & Essays
  • Annual Tuition: $12,511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 301
  • Example Classes: Advanced Workshop: Form & Craft; Art History I Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance; Art History II Survey: Renaissance to Present; Introduction to Graduate Study and Critical Methods

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts
  • 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: Cinematic Writing; Marketing for Film & TV; Script Reading and Coverage; The Business of Screenwriting; Transmedia Writing Workshop; TV Pilot/Series Writing Workshop

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Professional Screenwriting
  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 340
  • Example Classes: Readings in Fiction; Readings in Nonfiction; Readings in Poetry; The Creative Process; The Literary Marketplace
  • 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; Legal Environment of Publishing and Contracts; Publication Design; Studies in Latino Literature

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: Generational Histories: Writing about Family; Health and Wellness Writing: Storytelling as a Healing Art; Immersion in Publishing; Nature and Environmental Writing; Travel and Food Writing for Publication; 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: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,001
  • Example Classes: Advanced Fiction Studio II; Advanced Screenwriting Studio I; Form and Theory; Nonfiction Seminar; Playwriting Seminar; Poetry Studio

Online Master's Degrees

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $16,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 33,217
  • Example Classes: 3 Baroque Art; Art & Design Research Methodologies; History of Graphic Design; Medieval Art; Vector Illustration; Visualization Illustration

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Graphic Design
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio & Digital Arts
  • MFA: Creative Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $19,251
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,088
  • Example Classes: Interior Design Classroom Preparation; Portfolio Presentation; Seminar in Desig

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts - Interior Design
  • Annual Tuition: $19,494
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,565
  • Example Classes: Crossing Borders: Art & Culture in a Global Society; Digital Design: Laser Cutting and Milling; Innovations in Materials and Processes; Jewelry Fabrication: Knit, Crochet, Weave with Metal; Modular Casting for Sculpture and Jewelry; Wax Model Making and Introduction to Casting

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Fine Art - Drawing and Painting
  • MA in Fine Art - Printmaking
  • MA in Fine Art - Sculpture
  • MFA in Advertising
  • MFA in Animation & Visual Effects
  • MFA in Animation & Visual Effects - 2D Animation & Stop Motion
  • Annual Tuition: $20,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 742
  • Example Classes: Mentorship IV; Workshop 5: Advanced Study in Craft; Workshop I: Creative Writing; Workshop III: Manuscript: Work in Progress
  • Annual Tuition: $21,249
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 346
  • Example Classes: Readings in the Genre; Teaching Pop Fiction and Writing; Writing About Popular Fiction

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Writing Popular Fiction
  • Annual Tuition: $22,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,409
  • Example Classes: Advanced Design Studio IV; Collaboration Studio; Environment Behavior; Instructional Design and Evaluation; International Art History II; Readings in Design Thinking

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Art Design Thinking
  • Annual Tuition: $29,969
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,910
  • Example Classes: Book Publishing; Creative Writing Craft Residency; Fiction Writing In-Person Workshop; Reading as a Writer (Genre Authors); Writing Pedagogy

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Fiction Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Screenwriting