Writing Programs

The writing programs within CMS/W give students the opportunity to learn the techniques, forms, and traditions of several 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.


  • For master’s students, CMS/W runs the world’s premier Science Writing graduate program.
  • 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.
  • 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: