MA and MFA in Creative Writing

Tuition Costs

Each program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies differs in tuition costs. Find information below on financial obligations and tuition costs for the Creative Writing program.

2017–18 Academic Year Tuition

Master of Arts in Creative Writing

  • Tuition per course: $3,351
  • Estimated cost for entire program: $33,510

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

  • Tuition per course: $3,351
  • Estimated cost for entire program: $60,318*

* MFA students in good academic and financial standing will receive full tuition remission for the 15th-18th courses of the program. Good academic standing is defined as having a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and no more than one outstanding incomplete grade.

Tuition levels are reviewed on a yearly basis and can be adjusted based on market dynamics. On average, when an adjustment has been made, it has been approximately +/- 3.5%.

Program Fees

No additional fees are associated with this program.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

The University's Employer Reimbursement Plan (ERP) is designed for students whose employers offer reimbursement for tuition costs. The plan allows participants to defer their employer-covered tuition payments to Northwestern until after the term has been completed. Please contact the Student Accounts Office for more information and an application form.

Financial Obligation

Students will be required to pay tuition costs and any costs associated with any books and materials.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Federal loan eligibility is usually limited to students taking at least two units of credit in the quarter for which they receive aid. As at most universities, Northwestern University aid, assistantships and stipends are reserved for full-time Ph.D. and MFA candidates.

Graduate students should direct questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid or by calling 312-503-8722.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is not required as part of your application, but we encourage all US citizens and permanent residents to complete the FAFSA if they would like to be considered for any loans.

Pauline Coop Literature Award

Each year the Pauline Coop Literature Award of Excellence is presented to cover the tuition cost of one graduate SPS Literature course. It is awarded to one to three outstanding students as selected by the SPS master’s degree faculty and directors to support their pursuit of their academic, personal and professional goals. Students are eligible to receive this honor once over the course of their graduate career at SPS.

The award was made possible by the Pauline J. Coop Fund for English Literature. Pauline Coop ’66 cheered for the Northwestern Wildcats regardless of their record and whose legacy champions the study and love of English literature.