What makes the Rutgers University–Camden Creative Writing M.F.A. different? We fully fund full-time students and provide substantial financial support for part-time students who pursue a terminal degree in creative writing. We offer a multi-genre approach to poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction taught by a distinguished, award-winning faculty. The Writers House, located on Camden’s historic Cooper Street, is a vibrant center for literary programming and community outreach. It is home to the program’s writing workshops and seminars. All of these elements together provide not just models of writing on the page, but modes of living as a writer who is actively engaged in a community.

Admission Requirements

  • A transcript showing the completion of a B.A. degree, with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better
  • Two letters of reference
    A short personal statement about your background and goals
  • A writing sample—20 to 30 pages of fiction or non-fiction, or ten pages of poetry, or a combination thereof—10 to 15 pages of prose and five pages of poetry. You may include one or more complete short stories, excerpts from short stories, or excerpts from a novel or novella.
  • Submission of GRE scores is not required

Application Deadline

Fall Application Deadline: January 20th

Degree Requirements

39 total credits

  • Five creative writing workshops (15 credits)
  • Three literature classes (9 credits)
  • Three craft classes (9 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)
  • One thesis independent study (3 credits)


We offer generous TAships with training and flexible curriculum design for full-time students. 

Graduate Faculty

Visit the Creative Writing Graduate Faculty Listing.

Contact the Department

Mr. Paul Lisicky
(856) 225-2927

Program Website

Visit the Creative Writing Program website.