2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Dual Degree Program

The Dual Degree Program in Creative Writing is designed for the exceptional student interested in accelerating his or her educational experience in a program combining the curriculum of the undergraduate Creative Writing Major or Self-designed Major in Creative Writing and the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Students eligible for the dual degree program demonstrate a high level of maturity and commitment to the craft of writing, as well as a superior academic achievement. The integrated program requires that students can engage in the academic rigor of a graduate education by the time they reach the last semester of their undergraduate program. In that semester and afterward, students in the dual degree program must be able to work intensively and independently through the MFA in Creative Writing Program's residencies and distance learning format. Qualified students apply in the spring of their junior year (or by the time they have earned the equivalent in credits) and must be accepted by meeting the admission standards of the MFA program in Creative Writing, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Admissions Criteria for Dual Degree Creative Writing Candidates:

  • A 3.3 GPA
  • An official Lesley University transcript showing that the student has accrued at least 75 credits
  • Completed graduate admissions application
  • Two (2) Academic Professor's Recommendations. One (1) must be from a professor in a CCRWT or LCRWT course with whom the student has worked closely (Use the graduate admissions recommendation form)
  • A genre-specific writing sample following the below standards according to the appropriate intended genre of study:

    Fiction: approximately 20 pages

    Nonfiction: approximately 20 pages

    Poetry: approximately 10 pages of poetry

    Writing for Young People: submit 10-15 pages of middle grade prose, 10-15 pages of young adult prose, or 2-3 picture book stories. Student may apply in one or more of these three genres of children's literature

    Writing for Stage & Screen: 15-20 script pages

  • A written personal statement of 3-5 double-spaced pages, focusing on the student's experience in and commitment to the genre applied for, and any potential ideas for engaging in the interdisciplinary component of the program.
  • Successful completion of an admissions interview and review process through the M.F.A Creative Writing Division

For further information contact Professor Aaron Smith (asmith55@lesley.edu)