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Online MFA in Writing: Poetry Concentration

Sharpen Your Craft

Enhance your poetry capabilities as you design your own curriculum and take advantage of workshops, craft classes, and literature classes in the online Poetry MFA in Writing program from Lindenwood University.

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  • Duration 2 years*
  • Cost per Credit $550
  • Credit Hours 48

Program Benefits

  • 100% online
  • Transfer up to 9 credits
  • No GRE required
  • Top 10 MFA programs, 2020

* shortest program duration

Enhance Your Creative Capabilities

As a student of the Poetry MFA program, you will have the opportunity to practice your writing skills, explore poetry alongside published authors, and enhance your capabilities through craft classes and workshops. Our small classes help you grow in a supportive environment while learning from published writers. While some MFA coursework can be taken on-campus if preferred, there is no residency requirement for our fully online students.

Career Outlook: Profit from Your Creativity

The field of professional writing allows you to transform your creative ideas into realities. With the online poetry MFA from Lindenwood University, you’ll explore diverse forms of poetry as you enhance your writing skills and practice converting your thoughts into your own poetic works.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for positions in writing and editing, along with a career as a poetry or literature teacher.



Writers create literary content to either be published by media companies or in the form of novels, textbooks, children’s books and more. Many of these professionals are employed by marketing and media companies, while others are self-employed.



Editors correct spelling, grammar and accuracy mistakes in literary content before it is published. These professionals are often employed by media and marketing companies.

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Curriculum: Skills to Enhance Your Talent

For the MFA in Writing program, you will customize your curriculum by selecting 48 credit hours of courses in your interests and foundational area of emphasis. Course options for the Poetry MFA program include instruction on prosody and language, lyrics, advanced studies in prose, and more. In addition, a graduate thesis course is also required.

Course Spotlight: IMF 55300 Poetry Craft Foundations

This course is an in-depth study of foundational craft elements for writing literary poetry. Elements include classic poetic forms and contemporary poetic style; use of enjambment and stanza breaks for effect; techniques for creative language usage and effective description; development of the poet’s voice; and use of thematic references and literary allusions. Includes theory and application through writing exercises. This course is highly recommended for students declaring a Poetry emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.

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Course Spotlight: IMF 56300 Classic Foundational Literature: Poetry

This course is an intensive survey and analysis of foundational classic literary poetry and its authors, including the study of poetic literary criticism. Authors studied will include masters in the field of poetry who have contributed important work to the literary canon, such as Donne, Shakespeare, Blake, Keats, Woodsworth, Eliot, and Yeats. This course is highly recommended for students declaring a Poetry emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.


Writing, MFA: Fiction

Hone your fiction writing skills as you design your own curriculum across a range of courses – workshops, craft, and literature classes – in the Fiction concentration of the online MFA in Writing program.

Writing, MFA: Creative Nonfiction

The Creative Nonfiction concentration is designed to improve your creative writing skills through workshops and writing classes taught by published authors. You’ll graduate ready to produce creative and engaging content in your career.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You can complete the online MFA in Writing in 24 months.

You will be required to complete 16 courses. View the curriculum for this program here.

You can start your application here.

Yes, there are scholarships available. Find out if you qualify for a scholarship opportunity here.

Rather than helping you become licensed, the online MFA in Writing program provides you with the advanced skills you need to succeed as an author, editor, journalist, and more. Learn more about the professional outcomes of this program here.

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