2019 Most Affordable Online MFA Programs

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The following 15 schools provide online MFA programs for low annual tuitions. At the top of the list is Minnesota State University at Mankato where students can obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Forensics for $6,582 per year. Many of these schools offer online MFA programs in writing such as Lindenwood University and National University. Academy of Art University, ranked #13, offers 16 options for MFA programs including graphic design, music scoring, advertising, and jewelry and metal arts.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $6,582
#2 #2 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $11,520
#3 #3 National University Annual Tuition $12,900
#4 #4 University of Houston-Victoria Annual Tuition $13,624
#5 #5 Bay Path University Annual Tuition $14,600
#6 #6 Arcadia University Annual Tuition $15,000
#7 #7 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $15,048
#8 #8 Western New England University Annual Tuition $15,216
#9 #9 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $16,050
#10 #10 Liberty University Annual Tuition $16,950
#11 #11 Chatham University Annual Tuition $20,118
#12 #12 Seton Hill University Annual Tuition $20,628
#13 #13 Academy of Art University Annual Tuition $21,651
#14 #14 Albertus Magnus College Annual Tuition $21,960
#15 #15 Radford University Annual Tuition $22,320
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,582
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,973
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Argumentation and Debate; Advanced Intercultural Communication; Forensics Pedagogy; Performance Studies

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,201
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,873
  • Example Classes:
    Cinematic Writing; Marketing for Film & TV; Script Reading and Coverage; The Business of Screenwriting; Transmedia Writing Workshop; TV Pilot/Series Writing Workshop
  • 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; Digital Publishing; Legal Environment of Publishing and Contracts; Publication Design; Studies in Latino Literature
  • Annual Tuition: $14,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,332
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,312
  • Example Classes:
    Craft of Contemporary Fiction; Craft of Contemporary Poetry; MFA Poetry Workshop IV
  • Annual Tuition: $15,048
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 19,027
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,216
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,086
  • Example Classes:
    Individualized Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $16,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,091
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Fiction Studio II; Advanced Screenwriting Studio I; Form and Theory; Nonfiction Seminar; Playwriting Seminar; Poetry Studio

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,706
  • Example Classes:
    3 Baroque Art; Art & Design Research Methodologies; History of Graphic Design; Medieval Art; Vector Illustration; Visualization Illustration
  • Annual Tuition: $20,118
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,108
  • Example Classes:
    Summer Community of Writers; The Environmental Imagination; Travel Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $20,628
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 349
  • Example Classes:
    Readings in the Genre; Teaching Pop Fiction and Writing; Writing About Popular Fiction

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 335
  • Example Classes:
    Readings in Fiction; Readings in Nonfiction; Readings in Poetry; The Creative Process; The Literary Marketplace

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  • Annual Tuition: $22,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 948
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Design Studio IV; Collaboration Studio; Environment Behavior; Instructional Design and Evaluation; International Art History II; Readings in Design Thinking

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