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Creative Writing and Publishing (MFA)

Creative Writing and Publishing (MFA)
Creative Writing and Publishing (MFA)

Tell your story in long-form

DePaul’s MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing will prepare and empower you to write a novel or memoir, or a collection of poetry or stories while at DePaul. You’ll work across genres under the mentorship of distinguished authors and poets. With courses in Copyediting, Book Publicity, Book Design, Teaching Creative Writing, and Teaching English you’ll have the choice of a career in publishing or teaching. The Creative Writing and Publishing MFA culminates with a required master’s thesis of publishable quality.

You may also earn a graduate certificate in

Courses are offered weekday evenings on the Lincoln Park Campus or online.  You can earn the degree in as little as two years.

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Tap into a creative community

You’ll have the chance to get editorial and publishing experience with publications like Big Shoulders Books, Poetry East, Crook & Folly and Slag Glass City. Internship opportunities exist at Chicago-area community colleges as well.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though we encourage you to submit your application materials 10 to 12 weeks prior to the quarter in which you wish to enroll.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, current résumé, a 500–750-word reflective essay, letters of recommendation and writing portfolio.

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Required Courses

You’ll take six workshop courses, one topic course, four electives, and complete a thesis.

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of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation


The median salary for Creative Writing and Publishing graduates was $52,000.

Alumni Network

With a network of 8,900 fellow College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences master’s-level graduates in Chicago and beyond, you have a variety of opportunities to grow your professional and academic connections.

Scholarships & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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