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Master of Creative Writing

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Creative Writing (MCW) is a 180-credit programme that can follow on immediately from your bachelor's degree in any subject.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode

About this course

The Master of Creative Writing (MCW) is a 180-credit programme that can follow on immediately from your bachelor's degree in any subject.

Entry requirements

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Master of Creative Writing you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree with at least a B grade average across the 200 and 300-level specialisation courses, or
  • have a bachelor's with honours degree or a postgraduate diploma in arts in creative writing, expressive arts or English, with at least a B grade average for the qualification.

You will be selected into the programme on the basis of a process which includes providing:

  • a summary of your research interests: a brief (one to two paragraphs) outline of your proposed MCW thesis, summarising your proposed creative project (about 70% of the thesis) and proposed critical project (about 30% of the thesis). Please indicate the genre in which you would like to write your creative thesis in this outline. Critical projects usually take the form of a literary essay, a craft essay, or an exegesis
  • your current curriculum vitae showing relevant publishing and professional experience only (you may omit if you have no relevant publishing and professional experience)
  • a personal statement: a brief (one paragraph) supporting statement explaining why you would like to study creative writing
  • a portfolio of your creative writing (please refer below)
  • confirmation that your creative writing portfolio is your own personal work.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

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Career pathways

A Master of Creative Writing is one of the most creative and enriching degrees you can do. Employers seek out arts students for their lateral and analytical thinking, communication skills and creative ability.

There are various possibilities for creative writing graduates, including:

  • non-profit or corporate freelance writing
  • creative arts project coordination
  • writing for television, magazines, blogs or the book-publishing industry
  • inter-arts collaboration for arts festivals
  • writing for public relations
  • creative writing in advertising
  • teaching
  • performance-related writing and production
  • writing and advising on government policy
  • writing for social media.

Credit for prior study or work

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

  • review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.