The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low residency or entirely online program (according to student needs) which focuses on the study of creative writing and poetics, and particularly on the creation, critique, revision, and publication of creative literary works in fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. Want to learn more? Request information on the programs that interest you.
- General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see Graduate Admission requirements).
- Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree, prospective creative writing students must submit the following application materials:
- A one to two-page letter that states the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and their personal and/or professional objectives
- Two letters of recommendation.
- A twenty to thirty-page creative writing sample.
- Submit official GRE scores* and have an Admissions Index of 980, obtained by:
- GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus 15 times (Verbal + Quantitative – 260)
*Waivers granted for candidates with previous graduate or professional degree or undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester hours OR undergradaute GPA of 2.50-2.99 or higher in the last 60 semester hours AND earns a grade of B or better in the first 9 hours of graduate coursework.
Students will be admitted through the application process of the MFA Program, under the advisement of the MFA Program Director.
Degree Requirements: MFA in Creative Writing - Creative Writing
I. Students must complete a 36 credit hour program with a final minimum of a ‘B’ in each course, consisting of:
- Twelve (12) credit hours of Creative Writing Workshop courses, to be chosen from the following Core Courses (each of which may be taken up to four times, and of which any combination of four with satisfy the requirement): ENGL 6364 Graduate Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop; ENGL 6361 Graduate Poetry Writing Workshop; ENGL 6363 Graduate Fiction Writing Workshop; ENGL 6360 Graduate Writing Workshop.
- Three (3) credit hours of ENGL 6333 Form and Poetics.
- Fifteen (15) credit hours of elective courses, to be chosen from ENGL and PUBL (courses from other divisions require the approval of the MFA director).
- Six (6) credit hours of MFA Thesis, to be connected with the Thesis Project.
II. Prior to the beginning of the MFA Thesis courses (in item "D." above), students must submit a MFA Thesis Proposal and gain the approval of a Thesis Advisor. This proposal should be no more than two pages in length, and it should detail the genre of the thesis as well as a specific description of the project. At the time of the proposal's submission, students must have completed 12 credit hours of Workshop, with at least 6 of those credit hours earned in the same genre as that of the thesis project; that is, 6 out of 12 hours taken for item "A," above, should be in the same genre as the proposed project.
II. Prior to the beginning of the MFA Thesis courses (in item "D." above), students must submit a MFA Thesis Proposal and gain the approval of a Thesis Advisor according to the guidelines of the MFA Director. Students must have completed items A, B, and C of the degree requirements, at the time of submission of this proposal. This proposal should be no more than two pages in length, and it should detail the genre of the thesis (in this case, literary translation) as well as a specific description of the project being completed that serves as a thesis project for this track.
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