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Double Degree Option

Earn Your MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Publishing

More information, more training, more contacts, less time--earn two degrees in only three years. The MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Publishing Double Degree program offers students the best of both programs in a compressed time.


Students who complete Rosemont's Double Degree program graduate with a full-length creative work for their MFA in Creative Writing and a thesis or capstone project for their MA in Publishing. The projects often support each other.

Double Degree students still have the opportunity to intern, and students with the Double Degree have more opportunities to write, publish, and teach. Contact Teresa Fitzpatrick for information on how to apply for this special option.

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Students will focus their studies on one concentration for each discipline:

  Creative Writing Concentrations 

  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Novel Writing
  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults 

Publishing Areas of Focus

  • Children's, Middle Grade and Young Adult
  • Digital
  • Editorial

Double Degree Requirements

MFA in Creative Writing courses (21 Credits)

  • Four writing workshop courses
  • Three literature courses

MA in Publishing courses (24 Credits)

Electives (9 Credits)

  • Two courses from the Creative Writing program
  • One course from the Publishing program

Double Thesis (6 Credits)

  • GPP 7500 Thesis/Capstone
  • CRW 7500 Thesis

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How to Apply

Double Degree applicants need to have the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Professional Writing Sample. Choose one category from the following, and please submit as pdf:
    • Non-fiction articles published in print or online: 3-5 articles (5-20 pages total)
    • Papers written for courses: 1 term paper (roughly 15-30 pages)
    • Professional Writing (reports, proposals, manuals, presentations, etc.):  1-2 examples, excerpts fine (no more than 20 pages)
  • Creative Writing Sample (up to 20 pages)
    • For fiction/nonfiction, a maximum of 20 pages. The submission may be an excerpt from a longer work, preferably from the opening
    • For poetry, submit five poems
    • For dramatic writing, submit the first 20 pages of your script
  • Statement of Purpose: The Statement of Purpose allows us to consider how you see yourself. In 500-800 words, your essay should address questions such as: What in your life has brought you to this program? What are your educational goals in attending this program? What are your professional goals? What skills and qualities will you bring to our program? Constructing an overall narrative about your life is key, but even a personal story or two can help. Also, please include not only why Rosemont would be a good place for you, but what you think you can contribute to the writing community here.

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