Master of Creative Writing

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Entry requirements

This is a Selected Entry programme, based on a portfolio of creative writing. Applications close 31 October prior to the year of study.
Applicants require a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, Expressive Arts, English or equivalent, with a B grade average across the 200 and 300 level specialisation courses.

Applicants who have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Creative Writing, Expressive Arts, English or equivalent, with a B grade average for the qualification may be admitted directly into Part Two.

Full details can be viewed on the regulation button.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • verified copy of your academic transcript/s
  • brief outline of your background and experience
  • your current curriculum vitae showing publishing and professional experience
  • a brief (one paragraph) supporting statement explaining why you would like to study creative writing
  • the creative writing genre you propose to study ie Theatre script writing, poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, media script writing
  • an outline of your proposed thesis (one page only), summarising the creative and critical projects you would like to write
  • a portfolio of your creative writing (please refer below)
  • Confirmation that your portfolio is your own personal work

Creative writing sample requirements

Your sample should be in the genre you choose for your thesis and limited to 4000 words eg if you have indicated theatre script writing, you should provide a sample of a theatre script. If you have indicated poetry, you should supply a sample of ten poems. If you are unable to upload your portfolio, please upload confirmation that you are sending your portfolio in hard copy to:

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For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The Master of Creative Writing may be awarded with Distinction or Merit when a superior/high standard is achieved. To be considered for Distinction/Merit all requirements must be completed within 18 months of first enrolling in full-time study or 4 years of first enrolling in part-time study.

The maximum time-frame for completion of this qualification is 5 years.

Master of Creative Writing structure

60 Credits from Part One (at least 30 credits must be taken from list A; and a maximum of 30 credits may be taken from list B), followed by a thesis to the value of 120 credits, selected from the schedule below. A grade average of at least B+ is required in Part One in order to progress to Part Two.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Part One (60 credits)

List A (minimum of 30 credits)

139.703 Critical and Creative Research
139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing

List B (maximum of 30 credits)

139.707 Women, Desire and Narrative
139.710 Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of Writing
139.724 Literary Revolutions: 18th Century and Romantic Literature
139.750 Contemporary NZ Writers in an International Context
139.752 New Zealand Drama
139.757 Twentieth-Century New Zealand Fiction: Texts and Theories
139.758 Post-colonial Writing
139.763 Community Theatre
139.799 Research Report
154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media
154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture

Part Two (120 credits)

120 credits from the courses listed below:
139.861 Thesis Creative Writing Part I (60) and
139.862 Thesis Creative Writing Part II (60)

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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