M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Requirements (18 credits)
EN-652Craft Intensive Seminar in Creative Writing3
Creative Writing:
Select 2 Courses in Creative Writing Designated with Course Type EN.CW 16
EN-655AMFA Creative Thesis Seminar3
EN-655BMFA Creative Thesis Seminar II3
Electve, one course from among:3
Select one additional 500+ Level Course Designated with Course Type EN.CW
Internship Seminar
Total Credits18

Students applying for the dual MA/MFA degree program:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, fifteen or more credits in literature or a related field, and at least one course in creative writing is strongly recommended.
  • An application essay of 1,500 words describing their interest in creative writing, intent to continue study toward the M.F.A., what they hope to accomplish in the M.A. program, and how they thing the program will fit into their academic and career goals.
  • A creative writing sample of twenty (20) pages: in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama writing.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters from current or former professors recommended; if these are unavailable, letters may be sought from current colleagues, or a current or recent supervisor.

In either the third semester of the M.A. course of study, or after 18 credits, the M.F.A. candidates will submit to the M.F.A. Program Director a letter of intent to continue study toward the M.F.A. after the conferral of the M.A. degree. This letter should provide reflection on study already completed, potential M.F.A. thesis projects, and Professional Preparation track interests. Only students who have submitted this letter, have an overall GPA of 3.25, and have been approved by the Program Director will continue.

Students applying for the third-year M.F.A. degree program only:

  • Possession of a Master's degree in English with a minimum 3.25 overall GPA, at least twelve (12) credits in Creative Writing, and a creative thesis or its equivalent.
  • An application essay of 1,000 words describing their interest in creative writing, what they hope t accomplish in the program, and how they think the program will fit into their academic and career goals.
  • A creative writing sample of twenty (20) pages.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Non-Creative Writing M.A. Bridge Program

The Bridge Program will allow the admission of qualified graduates of the M.A. in English Literature or Rhetoric Concentrations. Students will be required to submit the same application but are required to indicate that they have an M.A. without a Creative Writing Concentration. If they are qualified in all other ways by the strength of their work sample, GPA, and recommendations, they will be provisionally accepted. They must then successfully complete (grades of "B" or higher) the 15 required creative writing credits before they continue with the coursework outlined in the 18-credit M.F.A. curriculum.