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This is a Selected Entry programme, based on a portfolio of creative writing prepared by the applicant. Applications close 31 October prior to the year of study.
Applicants require a Bachelor’s degree with at least a B grade average across the 200 and 300 level courses.
Applicants who 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 may be admitted directly into Part Two.
Full details can be viewed on the regulation button.
Please contact Janet Lowe for more information on required supporting documents.
Your creative writing sample should be in the genre you wish to pursue in your thesis and limited to 4,000 words maximum for fiction, creative non-fiction, a theatre or film script, or a hybrid writing sample. For poetry, please submit a sample of up to ten poems (about 10-15 pages). If you are unable to upload your portfolio, please upload confirmation that you are sending your portfolio in hard copy to:
Private Bag 11-222
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.
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.
The degree consists of two parts.
Part One (60 credits) is composed of two online, distance courses that may be taken full-time in a single semester or part-time over two consecutive semesters.
It is recommended that you take both of the List A courses to fulfil the requirements of Part One, but you may choose to take only one of the courses. They are 139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing (a multi-genre creative writing workshop), and 139.703 Critical and Creative Research (a research methods course which includes creative research).
If you choose to take only 30 credits from List A, you must take 30 credits from List B.
Part Two (120 credits) is a thesis.
A grade average of at least B+ is required in Part One in order to progress to Part Two.
Note: Part Two of the Master of Creative Writing includes a compulsory 1-3 day residential course, held on one of the Massey University campuses. The course venue and dates vary from year to year. Online workshops as well as optional face-to-face meetings may supplement this compulsory residential course.
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
Selected from courses listed on the programme schedule. See the Regulations button for a list of courses.
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.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
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