Creative Writing - Master of Fine Arts

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.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Coursework 1
MFA workshop in the major genre (poetry, fiction)12
Form and Technique courses in major genre6
Workshop in a second genre3
Graduate literature courses (may include 2 Form & Technique)12
ENGL 592Master's Theory, Practice, and Profession 26
ENGL 594Master's Workshop 26
ENGL 599Master's Thesis 36
Elective Courses3-12
Total Credits54-63

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


3 hours of ENGL 592 Master's Theory, Practice, and Profession must be taken concurrently with 3 hours of ENGL 594 Master's Workshop in each of the final two semesters of the program.  


3 hours of ENGL 599 Master's Thesis must be taken in the final semester.