Writing Programs

Our writing programs give students the opportunity to learn the forms, techniques, and traditions of varied kinds of writing, from basic expository prose to more advanced forms of non-fictional prose, fiction and poetry, science writing, scientific and technical communication, and digital media.

Faculty, lecturers, and instructors consist of novelists, essayists, poets, translators, biographers, historians, engineers, and scientists.


  • Graduate Program in Science Writing: For master’s students, CMS/W runs the world’s premier science writing graduate program.
  • Majors, Minor, and Concentration: For undergraduates, programs are arranged by three areas: creative writing, science writing, and digital media. We offer majors in those three areas, as well as a minor and concentration.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare: And for everyone — whether enrolled at MIT or not — you can access a huge digital collection of our writing courses through MIT OpenCourseWare.

CMS/W also houses key components of MIT’s broader writing-education mission: