Liberal Arts & Humanities
Creative Writing

Creative writing is less a job than it is an art and a great writer is behind nearly every book, television show, movie, or advertisement you read. If you are passionate about writing and possess a creative mind that can pull a story out of thin air, a degree in Creative Writing may be for you.

Types of Degrees

Creative Writing students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. Associate degrees may allow you to enter the workforce sooner but sometimes with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. Those looking to become Creative Writing instructors will need a master's degree in this field.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in English coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are typically required. A creative writing portfolio may be required by the more prestigious schools. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Creative Writing Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Creative Writing include:

  • Author
  • Scriptwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Writer or Author was $63,200 in 2019 (1) while Editors earned a median salary of $61,370 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.