Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building, 6299 South Street
Halifax, NS
Canada B3H 4H6

Journalism - Creative Nonfiction (MFA)

Program Information
Faculty: University of King's College
Degree: Master
Field of Study: English Creative WritingJournalism
Description The Master of Fine Arts in creative non-fiction offered jointly by Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College is for students with an idea for a book or for aspiring authors. The program guides students through the process of transforming an idea into a polished manuscript. The degree is a combination of short intense on-campus sessions with ongoing one on one mentoring by professional non-fiction writers, and professors. This two year limited residency program consists of lectures, seminars, panels, and workshops designed to deepen the understanding of the art and craft of writing creative non-fiction.
Website: Journalism - Creative Nonfiction (MFA) at Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Course Based? Yes
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or CanTEST [min. 4.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]

English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Written TOEFL - 580; MELAB - 85; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Portfolio
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of nonfiction writing with their application. While it is not a requirement for admission, prospective students are encouraged to include with their submission a description of the idea or ideas they want to pursue as their major creative nonfiction project. Applicants are also required to submit two academic reference letters, either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper. Please visit the website for complete details.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: October 22, 2016