Creative Writing

Degree Granted
Degree Level
Garden City, NY

Refine your writing skills and find your voice while building New York City literary connections and experience to launch your career.

Why Earn Your MFA in Creative Writing?

Immerse yourself in all things literary, improving on your skills as a writer through extensive study of multiple genres and techniques in conjunction with continuous critiquing and refinement of your work. As a proficient communicator with adaptable expertise, an MFA in creative writing will enable you to work in a number of industries, including education, publishing and journalism.

Why Earn Your MFA at Adelphi?

  • Prepare for today’s dynamic literary world with our innovative curriculum, which requires in-depth practice across multiple genres.
  • Benefit from personalized attention in a small classroom setting, led by award-winning poets, novelists and writers of short fiction and nonfiction.
  • Make vital connections with the NYC literary world through events, professional engagement and professional preparation.

Be a part of our literary community and forge bonds at Adelphi.


* Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018
of our graduate students are working or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018

Small groups of students, working together with great writers and published authors, create an ideal atmosphere for artists to thrive, grow and find their own voices.

Igor Webb, PhD Professor and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe hands-on experience is key to setting our students up for future career success. Students in the MFA program are encouraged to apply for internships, whether in publishing, literary management, theatre production, arts administration or education. Our practicum introduces students to literary agents, publishers and other professionals in the literary community, as well as active engagement with leading literary organizations. Students also receive free membership to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs—ensuring they have a rich experience of literary citizenship.

Past MFA students have extended their experience beyond the classroom by interning for organizations, including:

Our MFA program also offers several full-tuition, creative writing fellowships annually, including the Scott James and Jerry Cain Creative Writing and Social Media Fellowship, which includes a $10,000 stipend.

Program Info

Application Requirements & Deadlines

The priority application deadline for Fall admission is January 15. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Online application form and $50 fee
  • Two letters of reference from people familiar with your writing
  • Final transcript stating Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement: Tell us something about your writing life and what you hope to accomplish during the program. Tell us what you have read, are now reading and what you intend to read. Describe your current literary interests, your current or future challenges, and your literary goals. Please limit your essay to 1,000 words.
  • Manuscript in one genre only:
    • Poetry: 10–15 pages (approximately a dozen poems)
    • Fiction: Maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, which can consist of one or more stories or part of a novel. If an excerpt from a longer work is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the work as a whole.
    • Creative non-fiction: Maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, which can consist of one or more pieces or part of a longer work. If an excerpt from a longer work is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the work as a whole.

Awards & Recognition

Phone Number
Harvey Hall 210

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