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Seton Hill University - Office of Graduate and Online Studies

About this program

An Online Program Supported by Intensive On-campus Writers' Residencies. This one-of-a-kind program teaches writers to create and market the fiction that sells. It is designed for those who wish to write within the popular fiction genres such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery in the adult or young adult markets. Seton Hill's flexible, low-residency format allows you to earn a master of fine arts degree while working full-time or caring for a family. One-on-one mentoring by established writers enables students to develop a novel-length writing project in a genre of their choice. Graduates with an M.F.A. degree are equipped to teach at the post-secondary level and to write and edit in professional settings, such as magazines and newspapers. Seton Hill's Writing Popular Fiction Program provides training in the teaching of writing as a potential career option, in addition to fostering careers in publishing, editing, bookselling and marketing. As a student in this program, you will also learn the business of freelance writing, from establishing your brand name as genre author to finding agents and submitting to book publishers.

  • Year partnership began: 2004
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 2

Application requirements

Online application, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, current resume, personal statement, and writing sample of fiction.

Admissions process

Please inform your Program Counselor of your Peace Corps service. He or she will supply the supplemental Peace Corps form.

Degrees awarded

Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $48,287 $48,287
Value of fellowship $14,486 $14,486
Net cost $33,801 $33,801

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $0

Cost savings details

Students receive a 30% discount off of the current tuition rate. Please note that because the program can be done online, cost of living estimates will depend on housing options and location.


Depending on the degree the Fellow is pursuing, Fellows will be required to serve a community partner supporting a similar humanitarian service area. Fellows' internship experiences will be individualized, with the location and nature of the internship decided between student, advisor and community partner.

Other opportunities

Jobs for alumni

Just like the benefits of your Seton Hill education, Career and Professional Development services dont end with graduation. As a Seton Hill alumni, the CPDC is here for you if you decide you want to change, advance or enhance your career. Please visit the Career and Professional Development Center for Career Success stories!

Nontraditional options

Low residency or distance learning

Online students complete reading and writing assignments, online contact with mentors, faculty and fellow writers ensures that they participate in a writing community and receive varied commentary on their work-in-progress. On-Campus Residencies Week-long residencies twice per year inform and enliven the writing experience, bringing students together on Seton Hills campus to learn the basics and complexities of popular fiction. Each residency also includes special events designed to help students learn from working authors and other industry professionals.

Contact information

Ellen Monnich
Assistant Director




[email protected]


1 Seton Hill Drive
Attn: Office of Graduate and Online Studies
Greensburg, PA 15601