Master of Fine Arts in Writing


Spalding’s low residency MFA in Writing program offers serious intellectual stimulation in a noncompetitive, emotionally supportive atmosphere. We are here to help one another become better writers. This ethos permeates everything we do. Details are below, but first, we invite you to explore our program and get a sense of who we are. 

Residencies bring us together for genre-specific workshops, craft lectures, and community. We learn from distinguished visiting writers and explore the interrelatedness of the arts. Optional summer residencies offer travel abroad.

Independent study sessions are dedicated exclusively to one-on-one mentor-student work. In this, we honor a primary strength of the low-residency model. You’ll write more and receive feedback on more work than in many other programs.  

Our four-semester degree culminates with a creative thesis and capstone residency. Admissions are selective. To view alumni successes, click your concentration below.

Our application deadlines are February 1 for spring and summer semesters and August 1 for the fall semester. Please see our admission requirements before submitting your application.


  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Writing for children & young adults
  • Features

    • Residencies include cross-genre exploration to expand writing skills while you focus on your area of concentration.
    • A full-semester cross-genre option is available within the four core semesters.
    • Translation is offered as an independent study option.
    • Our innovative scheduling allows you to customize your weekly workload during independent study.
    • We offer a one-semester post-baccalaureate certificate.


    We’re proud to be named a top 10 low residency MFA program by Poets & Writers.

    Faculty are working writers and committed teachers. They include former poets laureate of two states and prizewinners in every genre.

    Alumni have garnered top national honors while publishing and producing more than 400 books, plays and films.

    We accept transfer credit from other MFA programs. 

    Students with a published book or produced script may apply for acceleration

    The MFA in Writing program is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, SCBWI and the Playwrights’ Center

    You can get to know our faculty and directors on our blog