2020 Most Affordable Online MFA Programs

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

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.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Regent University Online $9,750
# 2 #2 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
# 3 #3 Lindenwood University $11,880
# 4 #4 University of Arkansas at Monticello $12,511
# 5 #5 National University $13,260
# 6 #6 Albertus Magnus College $13,500
# 7 #7 University of Houston-Victoria $13,934
# 8 #8 Bay Path University $14,800
# 9 #9 University of Nebraska at Omaha $15,000
# 10 #10 Arcadia University $15,300
# 11 #11 Liberty University $16,350
# 12 #12 Brenau University $19,251
# 13 #13 Academy of Art University $19,494
# 14 #14 Goucher College $20,400
# 15 #15 Seton Hill University $21,249
# 16 #16 Radford University $22,320
# 17 #17 Drexel University $29,969
#1
#1

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • 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: 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 - Directing
  • MFA in Film-Television - Producing
  • M.F.A. in Film & Television
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: 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
#3
#3

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: 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Writing
#4
#4

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Monticello (AR) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $12,511
Annual Tuition: $12,511
Annual Tuition: $12,511
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 202
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 166
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
#5
#5

National University

La Jolla (CA)
Annual Tuition: $13,260
Annual Tuition: $13,260
Annual Tuition: $13,260
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • 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: 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
#6
#6

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: Readings in Fiction, Readings in Nonfiction, Readings in Poetry, The Creative Process, The Literary Marketplace

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Writing
#7
#7
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, 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
#8
#8

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: 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
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: 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
#10
#10

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: Craft of Contemporary Fiction, Craft of Contemporary Poetry, MFA Poetry Workshop IV

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
#11
#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $16,350
Annual Tuition: $16,350
Annual Tuition: $16,350
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

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
#12
#12

Brenau University

Multiple Locations
Annual Tuition: $19,251
Annual Tuition: $19,251
Annual Tuition: $19,251
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 778
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Interior Design Classroom Preparation, Portfolio Presentation, Seminar in Desig

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts - Interior Design
#13
#13

Academy of Art University

San Francisco (CA)
Annual Tuition: $19,494
Annual Tuition: $19,494
Annual Tuition: $19,494
  • Online Degrees: 38
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,673
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,397
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 544-2787

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
#14
#14

Goucher College

Baltimore (MD)
Annual Tuition: $20,400
Annual Tuition: $20,400
Annual Tuition: $20,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 216
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (410) 337-6000

Example Classes: Mentorship IV, Workshop 5: Advanced Study in Craft, Workshop I: Creative Writing, Workshop III: Manuscript: Work in Progress

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Nonfiction
#15
#15

Seton Hill University

Greensburg (PA)
Annual Tuition: $21,249
Annual Tuition: $21,249
Annual Tuition: $21,249
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 75
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 88
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (724) 834-2200

Example Classes: Readings in the Genre, Teaching Pop Fiction and Writing, Writing About Popular Fiction

Online Master's Degrees

  • MFA in Writing Popular Fiction
#16
#16

Radford University

Radford (VA)
Annual Tuition: $22,320
Annual Tuition: $22,320
Annual Tuition: $22,320
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 128
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 751
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (540) 831-5000

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
#17
#17

Drexel University

Philadelphia (PA)
Annual Tuition: $29,969
Annual Tuition: $29,969
Annual Tuition: $29,969
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1380
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 559
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 878
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (215) 895-2000

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