Creative Writing - Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Students pursuing the MFA in Creative Writing devote themselves to concentrated study and development of a chosen genre: poetry or fiction. Students

  • complete 54 hours of graduate-level coursework,
  • present a book-length thesis of original work with an introduction or afterward,
  • perform a public reading from the thesis, and
  • pass an oral examination in the final semester.

A maximum of 12 credits in Form and Technique count for the degree.

Required Coursework 1
MFA workshop in the major genre (poetry, fiction)12
Form and Technique courses in major genre6
Workshop in a second genre3
Master Workshop (poetry, fiction)6-12
Graduate literature courses (may include 2 Form & Technique)12
ENGL 599Master's Thesis1-15
Elective Courses3-12
Total Credits43-72

Graduate assistants must take 3 hours of ENGL 571 Composition Pedagogy and Practicum, during their first semester of teaching.