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2013-2014 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Plan for Creative Writing (M.F.A.)

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low residency degree program which focuses on the creation, critique, revision, and publication of creative literary works in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.


1. General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see Graduate Admission requirements).

2. Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree, prospective creative writing students must submit the following application materials:

a. A one to two-page letter that states the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and their personal and/or professional objectives

b. Two letters of recommendation.

c. A twenty to thirty-page creative writing sample.

d. Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions index of 1,400 or higher (if taken prior to August 1, 2011) or 980 (if taken on or after August 1, 2011), obtained by either of the following:

1) If taken prior to August 1, 2011: GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200
Plus GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative)

2) If taken on or after August 1, 2011: GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus 15 times (Verbal + Quantitative – 260)

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a 36 credit hour program with a final minimum of a ‘B’ in each course, consisting of:

A. Twelve credit hours of Creative Writing core courses.

B. Eighteen credit hours of elective courses.

C. Six credit hours of MFA Thesis.

Creative Writing Core Courses

Four three-hour courses in English (ENGL) are required for all students in the MFA program.

  • ENGL 6360 Graduate Writing Workshop: 12 degree hours (4 sections)

A studio course in which the primary texts are student manuscripts. The workshops examine principles and techniques of creating, evaluating, and revising writing in the fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction categories. The course requires class members to review writing produced by other workshop members.

Elective Courses

Students select a minimum of six elective courses which may include the following publishing or English courses:

  • PUBL 6310 Introduction to Publishing
  • PUBL 6312 Publication Design
  • PUBL 6314 Legal Environment of Publishing and Contracts
  • PUBL 6316 Style and Editing
  • PUBL 6318 Digital Publishing
  • ENGL 6300 Selected topics in English
  • ENGL 6330 British Literary History
  • ENGL 6332 American Literary History
  • ENGL 6340 Literary Theory
  • ENGL 6350 Genre Studies
  • ENGL 6362 Studies in Latino Literature

MFA Thesis
This three credit hour course must be taken for two semesters for a total of six credit hours.

ENGL 6308 MFA Thesis

The MFA thesis is a book length work of literary merit. While individual theses will vary in length, the program has established guidelines of 50 pages for poetry, 100-125 pages for short fiction, and 150 pages and up for a novel. Students must complete at least 24 hours of coursework before requesting a thesis director.