Creative Writing M.F.A.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Submit creative writing sample.

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Minimum Requirements for Creative Writing M.F.A. Degree: 45 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master's degree requirements.
Creative Writing 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
Approved electives6
Literature seminars 412
Complete two of 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, the examination is to be taken no later than the student’s fourth semester of work. The 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 courses to be determined by the 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 individual 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.