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English, Creative Writing Emphasis

About the Program

The Creative Writing Program balances writing practice and literary study in the context of a liberal arts education. Students work closely with our faculty of published writers and often have the opportunity to work with other renowned writers as part of the SMSU Visiting Writers Series. The flexibility of the program allows students to choose courses, which suit their needs, goals, and interests. Specific courses are chosen by students with the advice and approval of their advisors and the Director of Creative Writing.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Online tuition rates are affordable and banded for full time student enrollments.
  • SMSU offers in-state tuition to nearly everyone. No out-state rates. Reciprocity rates may apply.
  • U.S. Citizens & eligible noncitizens can apply for federal aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Minnesota residents completing the FAFSA will also be considered for Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct loan funds as well.
  • SMSU offers a variety of Scholarships that students can apply for!
  • Return on investment! SMSU graduates have a 99% Employment Rate within 6 months of graduation!

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

Note: Final high school transcripts, complete with date of graduation, must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to enrollment.

Transfer students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

  • Completed Application for Admission and non-refundable application fee of $20.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended outside the MinnState System, transcripts must be sent directly from each institution to the Southwest Minnesota State University Office of Admission.

4-Year Mustang Academic Plans (MAP)

Bachelor of Arts: English, Creative Writing Emphasis

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The purpose of the Mustang Academic Plan (MAP) is to provide navigational direction or a MAP for each academic degree. The MAPs will be used to support current students during academic advising as they create their individual academic plans. The Mustang Advising Plans (MAPs) will also be used to assist potential students and transfer students as they seek program details to make decisions about becoming a future Mustang.

Career Opportunities

SMSU has a long tradition of teaching creative writing. Our professors are actively publishing in their chosen genres. Our workshops and literature courses will strengthen our students' writing abilities and prepare them for a  variety of career opportunities! Several of our graduates have found careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Editing and publishing
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Freelance Writing
  • Technical writing for businesses, non-profits and government

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