M.F.A., Creative Writing

  • Complete the following admission requirements:
  1. Submit GRE scores.
  2. Submit creative writing sample.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 45 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
Program Requirements
Complete and pass a written comprehensive examination 1
Students may advance to candidacy when their advisory committee deems that they have made satisfactory progress in both academic and writing areas.
ENGL F601Theory, Criticism and Methods 23
ENGL F671Writers' Workshop9
ENGL F685Teaching College Composition (or ENGL F600-level elective course) 33
ENGL F699Thesis6
ENGL approved electives6
Literature seminars 412
Select two from the following:6
Forms of Poetry
Forms of Fiction
Forms of Nonfiction Prose
Writing for Film and Television
Total Credits45

Based on a standardized reading list; examination to be taken no later than student’s fourth semester of work. Examination will be held on the Saturday ending the fourth full week of classes in the spring semester.


Students are required to take ENGL F601 in their first year of study.


Required if you are a teaching assistant or planning to teach.


Minimum of four to be determined by student’s advisory committee. A literature class is one that does not have as its primary purpose the training of a student to be a creative writer or to teach composition. The following courses meet the literature-seminar requirement for the M.F.A. degree: ENGL F603, ENGL F604, ENGL F606, ENGL F607, ENGL F608, ENGL F609, ENGL F611, ENGL F612, ENGL F614, ENGL F615, ENGL F620 and versions of ENGL F692 and ENGL F693 that meet the above criteria.

Note: A student may petition the Thesis Advisory Committee and the department chair to take up to 6 credit hours of independent study to be applied toward the English M.F.A. electives requirement.

Note: The English Department requires that a student receive an A or B grade for all F600-level courses that the student wishes to apply toward the master’s degree programs.