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Low-Residency (or Summer Study) MFA and MA Programs

For three years (2004-07) I maintained (and routinely updated) a “Primer on Low-Residency MFA Programs,” which was for sale online. At the end of August 2007, however, I retired that text from circulation.

A portion of the primer was devoted to listing current low-residency MFA programs for writers. While I won’t provide full contact information or details about any of the programs here on this page, I will do my best to keep it current (with working links) and complete. Please leave a comment if you have any problems with the links and/or know of programs to add.

I hope this list will be a useful resource to writers looking for low-residency (or summer study) graduate programs in creative writing.

Albertus Magnus College
Antioch University Los Angeles
Antioch University Midwest
Arcadia University
Ashland University
Augsburg College
Bath Spa University (U.K.; low-res option began in October 2012)
Bay Path College (fully online)
Bennington Writing Seminars
Carlow University
Cedar Crest College (Pan-European program)
Chatham University
City University of Hong Kong
Converse College
Drew University
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Oregon University
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Goddard College
Goucher College
Hamline University
Hollins University
Institute of American Indian Arts
Kingston University (U.K.; low-residency MFA and MFA)
Lancaster University (U.K.)
Lesley University
Lindenwood University (online option)
Mississippi University for Women
Murray State University
Naropa University
National University (fully-online program)
New England College
New Hampshire Institute of Art
New York University Writers Workshop in Paris
Oklahoma City University
Oregon State University-Cascades
Pacific University
Pacific Lutheran University/Rainier Writing Workshop
Pine Manor College
Queens University of Charlotte (now also offering a Latin America-focused low-residency program)
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Seattle Pacific University
Seton Hill University
Sewanee School of Letters
Sierra Nevada College
Southern New Hampshire University
Spalding University
Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine
University of Alaska (Anchorage)
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of British Columbia (Canada)
University of California (Riverside)/Palm Desert
University of Houston-Victoria
University of King’s College/Dalhousie University (Canada)
University of Nebraska
University of New Orleans
University of Tampa
University of Texas-El Paso (fully-online program)
Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in Writing)
Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults)
Warren Wilson College
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Connecticut State University
Western New England University
Western State College of Colorado
Whidbey Writers Workshop
Wilkes University
Updated November, 2014

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  1. The University of Texas at El Paso just introduced an MFA program that is comletely online.

  2. Thanks so much for that information. Do you happen to have a link available?

  3. I’ve just located a link. Writers, click here for more information. Thank you again, D. Brian Anderson, for the tip.

  4. I was wondering if there were resources for folks who are looking to start up low-residency MFA programs. We’re specifically looking for sample syllabi, budgets, and first-year start-up plans/budgets/narratives. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • I’d suggest looking through this list for programs that seem similar to what you’d like to do and contacting their administrators to see if they’d share any materials with you. You could also contact the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). See especially their “Hallmarks of an Effective Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing,” available at http://awpwriter.org/membership/documents.htm. Good luck!

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