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    Jun 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Graduate Programs at a Glance

Creative Writing Programs

Celebrating more than 25 years of rigorous study in creative writing, The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline have developed a national reputation.

Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC)

The BFA program is the only program of its kind in the Twin Cities and the only one offered by a private university in Minnesota. It is distinguished by its specializations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid forms; its location in the literary Twin Cities and availability of local presses and The Loft Literary Center; pre-professional opportunities to do an internship or serve on the editorial board of a national, online, literary magazine.

The MFA program is Minnesota’s first graduate degree program in creative writing. It is distinguished by its flexible structure, allowing students to go full or part time; specializations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid forms; its support of multi-genre work; and pre-professional opportunities preparing to teach college composition and/or serving on the editorial board of a national literary magazine.

The low-residency MFAC is a full-immersion program boasting a three to five-to-one student to faculty ratio. The program brings students and distinguished faculty from across the country to campus twice a year for eleven days. Afterward, students work independently from home with a faculty advisor throughout the semester. 

MFA faculty are accomplished, award-winning, practicing writers who are also generous, highly effective teachers.

The Creative Writing Programs publish two national, annual literary journals–Water~Stone Review and Runestone–edited by the students in the programs. They also publish rock, paper, scissors, edited by students in the MFA program and publishing work by students in the program.

Graduate Legal Education

Hamline’s Graduate Legal Education program is intended for the non-lawyer. It is aimed at helping individuals understand how the law relates to their current expertise and, in a broader sense, how their work affects, and is affected by, the American legal system.

Degree offered:

  • Master in the Study of Law (MSL)
  • Paralegal Certificate

The MSL program is consistent with Hamline’s mission as an urban, liberal arts university and extends important benefits of a legal education, including critical thinking, advocacy, and problem solving skills to students.

MSL students come from a variety of areas such as business, human resources, health care, journalism, real estate, and government agencies.

School of Business

Hamline’s School of Business offers master’s degrees in all three economic sectors of government, business, and nonprofit. In addition, students can earn a doctorate in management and public service, dual degrees, and professional certificates.

Degrees offered:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Management and Leadership (MML)
  • Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM); Master of Public Administration(MPA)
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)
  • PhD in Management and Public Service

Joint master’s and juris doctor degrees (in collaboration with the Mitchell Hamline School of Law), sequential degrees, and dual master’s degrees are offered as well.

An international student body provides a distinctive learning atmosphere in which cross-cultural, as well as cross-sector, exchanges occur.

There are four concentrations available to students in the MBA, MPA and MNM programs. Students earn concentrations by completing 12 credits of elective coursework within the same subject area. Each allows a student to focus more deeply on one area of interest. Concentrations include business analytics, leadership and change management, Nonprofit Management, and a Customized Concentration.

Continuing studies seminars and certificate programs focus on subjects that are current and relevant to professionals in businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations.

School of Education and Leadership

For more than thirty years, Hamline’s School of Education and Leadership has inspired, challenged and transformed educators to improve learning for all children. More than 10,000 students have grown professionally through Hamline’s quality educational coursework taught in a community of adult learners who value intellectual challenge and scholarship in an environment of mutual respect.

Degrees offered:

  • Doctorate in Education (EdD)
  • Educational Specialist (EdS)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)
  • Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Natural Science and Environmental Education (MAEd: NSEE)
  • Master of Arts in Literacy Education (MALEd)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), which provides initial licensure for new teachers
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL).

The school is home to nationally recognized programs and centers, including second language teaching and learning, literacy, the Center for Global Environmental Education, and the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching.

The school’s ESL program, the largest in Minnesota, is internationally recognized.

Licensure (including principal, superintendent, and special education director), certificate, and continuing education programs serve more than 8,000 educators annually.

Graduate Admission

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