The MFA Degree

The MFA Writing Program is designed for full-time residential students. The degree requires thrity-six to forty-eight hours of course work, a thesis (a volume of poems, short stories, or a novel), and an oral examination.

Core Courses
Eighteen to twenty-four hours in writing courses are required, including workshop courses for poetry or fiction and tutorials in writing where students work on-on-one with a member of the faculty.

Candidates for the MFA in creative writing must take a minimum of four courses in a related academic field, including both The Structure of Fiction and The Structure of Verse. Students usually take their other academic courses in the English Department. However, they may, with the permission of the Director of the program, take graduate level courses offered by the College of Arts  and Sciences, most often courses in theater or film.

The Program’s sequence of editing courses allows students to develop skills in contemporary publishing. Students may also take internships for in-class teaching experience, and strong course offerings in rhetoric and composition afford further training in the teaching of writing.

Thesis
Six semester hours toward the MFA degree are thesis hours. The thesis may be a novel, a collection of short stories, or a volume of poetry.