M.F.A. in Nonfiction

Goucher College’s graduate program in nonfiction has been producing successful graduates for more than 20 years.

With its unique focus on a single genre and its strong professional emphasis on publishing, Goucher’s M.F.A. in Nonfiction has gained a reputation as the best in its field.

What truth will you tell?

Our graduates tell stories that define the world around us, taking on meaningful journalistic and personal subjects such as immigration, gun violence, identity, relationships, and loss. Designed for both the developing and established writer, our program offers a personalized approach—including an online option—with mentors to help you develop the skills and network you need to succeed.

Our students and alumni have published more than 150 books and won such honors and awards as the PEN/Fusion Prize, Emmys, finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and many more.

Find your truth. Find your voice.

  • Low-residency or choose our new fully online format with virtual residencies. 
  • No GRE or other admissions tests required.
  • Easy, online application process.
  • Affordable/Scholarships available.

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Our flexible program and network of mentors can help you advance your career and find your voice as a writer. Let us help you with the next steps.



Why Choose Goucher?

“The Goucher M.F.A. in Nonfiction was one of the best decisions I ever made as a journalist. Unlike some programs that demand conformity, this program encouraged me to take calculated risks and to explore my unique voice. The program also provides networking opportunities—thanks to the program, I met my top-notch literary agent. It was such a fulfilling experience.”

Jean Guerrero, M.F.A. ’15 

Award-winning investigative reporter and author

“ Everyone I know that wants to write a book that's creative nonfiction, I tell them to come to Goucher because it will make you a better author. You always want to be proud of your final product, and if you come to Goucher, learn what the instructors have to say, get immersed in the community, I guarantee you you'll be proud of your final product. ”

Jesse J. Holland M.F.A. '12

Author, Reporter, Faculty Member, Former Trustee