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MFA in Creative Writing - 5 year Bachelor to Masters, BA , BS , MFA

Overview

Eligible undergraduates can apply for this unique dual degree program.  

By adding an MFA to your DeSales degree, you'll have extraordinary opportunities to interact with — and learn from — some of the finest writers in both the United States and Europe.

This is a five semester, 36-credit program with two residencies each year. 

  • Residencies are 2x each year — ten days in January and ten days each August.
  • Residencies include writing workshops, visiting writers, publishers and publishing professionals, and field trips.
  • Summer residencies are in Celtic Europe. While most other MFA residencies take place in cities, ours moves about in the ancient Celtic world.
  • Winter residencies are held on the DeSales campus in Center Valley, PA. This ten day residency will allow you to work with fiction writers and poets, and will also include one full day of writing in the spirit, followed by a candlelit evening retreat of music, prayer, storytelling, art, and poetry.   
  • In between residencies, you'll read extensively in assigned areas of literature — you'll do close reading and deep written analysis of these writers.
  • You'll also read assigned works by the guest speakers for each residency.
  • You'll continually write your own work while in constant contact with your mentor and with members of your cohort.  

A distinctive feature of this program is the required publishing track. You'll not only learn how and where to publish your own work, but also to find careers in the world of publishing — a dynamic field that is experiencing interesting and diversified growth opportunities. 

Laptop A distinctive feature of this program is the required publishing track. You'll not only learn how and where to publish your own work, but also to find careers in the world of publishing — a dynamic field that is experiencing interesting and diversified growth opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

Two types of undergraduate students can apply to this program:

  1. High school seniors accepted to DeSales University with an SAT score of 1150 or higher (ACT of 23 or higher). Applicants should have demonstrated serious interest in writing in their high school years, such as work on the school newspaper, the yearbook, the literary magazine, attendance at and submission to our Poetry Festival, etc. 
  2. Fall semester juniors at DeSales University who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Current DeSales students will enter the program with the summer international residency at the end of their junior year. All majors will be considered as long as the student has shown a serious interest in writing. 

Admissions Requirements for High School Seniors

Admissions Requirements for Current DeSales Students

Curriculum

In addition to the requirements for your bachelor's degree, students must complete the following graduate degree requirements:

  • 4 intensive, 10-day residencies alternating at DeSales and in Europe
  • 4 practicum semesters with a writing mentor
  • An additional semester to produce, complete and refine an original creative manuscript of poetry or fiction.
  • A defense of the creative manuscript, including a meeting with the review committee as well as a public reading and Q&A defense.

Course Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Careers & Internships

The MFA is considered a terminal degree, which means it's the highest degree awarded in a particular field of study.

Graduates can:

  • teach full-time in college or high school creative writing programs
  • work for magazines, either full-time or freelance, or for publishing companies as editors, copy-editors and proof-readers
  • work for college literary publications or the educational publications of such entities as museums, scholastic publishers, and non-profit enterprises
  • manage independent and subject-specific bookstores
  • work on the editorial staffs of AWPThe Writer’s Chronicle, Poets and Writers, The Writer and Writer’s Digest
  • work for any university MFA program in the country, either as an adjunct, a visiting writer, an editor or an administrator
  • and more!

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2019-2020

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $37,200

Room and Board - $13,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200

Total = $51,900 (including freshman/transfer fees)
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Total cost for resident students: $56,174

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,304
Transportation Costs - $2,808
Total cost for commuter students: $45,278

Off-Campus*

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Transportation Costs - $2,304
Living Expenses - $7,048
Total cost for off-campus students: $52,326
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

 
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Online Learning at DeSales

Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 


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MFA in Creative Writing
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