Dual MA in Urban Sustainability
and MFA in Creative Writing

Blending together AULA’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and the Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability, our new dual MA/MFA degree provides citizen artists the skills they need to expertly communicate and apply creative and complex concepts to the challenges of our time. Stemming from the world’s only MFA program specifically devoted to literature and the pursuit of social justice, graduates in this low-residency program are poised to become influencers in the global community’s conversation about climate change and inequality.

Reduce the time and cost of a dual degree: How it works

Graduates earn both a Masters of Arts in Urban Sustainability (USMA) and an MFA in Creative Writing within a three-year period, reducing the time and cost of completing these degrees separately. Ideally, students begin working toward their USMA first, adding in components of the creative writing program in parallel with intensive capstone work as urban problem solvers.

Designed as a six-semester endeavor, specializations are offered in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and/or writing for young people – creating pathways to effectively communicate issues and empower individuals and communities to solve them.

How it works:

  • First three semesters in the USMA program and final three in the MFA program
  • Capstone and fieldwork courses occur during the third semester
  • Begin MFA coursework during third semester, with advanced standing, after designing a project period proposal under guidance of an MFA mentor
  • Learn through experiential methods that matter, such as our Big Question Lab, an intensive engagement with a strategic community organization around an important sustainability question
  • Fieldwork done in USMA fulfills the MFA field study requirement and the capstone fulfills the critical paper requirement
  • Hybrid program with residencies at the beginning of each semester, a 20+ week semester of online/remote coursework, and a concluding residency for graduating student presentations

Get started today and attend an info session or get in touch with Admissions to learn more. We’re excited to speak with you.