Master of Fine Arts in
Creative Writing (MFA)
Offered as Main Campus
Goal of Program:
Our MFA program—an intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction — joins students who share a common passion and faculty members who provide critical support of their work.
- While students are accepted in, and expected to demonstrate mastery of one genre, they are encouraged to study, and must show proficiency in, a second genre.
- Students, in consultation with their advisors, tailor their course schedules to their own professional and educational interests, selecting a variety of courses in creative writing, literature, criticism, rhetoric and composition, film studies, and applicable cultural studies.
- Though the M.F.A. is a terminal degree designed for writers wishing to pursue various career paths in teaching, writing, publishing, and community arts organization, students are urged to pursue the degree primarily as a way of mastering their art by rigorous study and practice among a community of other dedicated writers.
- Thesis hours lead to completion and defense of a substantial book-length manuscript of literary merit and publishable quality.
- Coursework in editing and publishing is offered through our book publishing imprint, The Publishing Laboratory. Coursework in magazine production is also offered in conjunction with Ecotone, our department's national literary magazine.
An applicant must have successfully completed an appropriate undergraduate degree (usually, but not necessarily, a B.A. in English or a B.F.A in creative writing), with at least a "B" average in the major field of study.
- Creative Non-Fiction,
- Fiction, or
Ms. Lavonne Adams
|Enrollment||Part-time or Full-time|
|Instruction Method||Classroom only|
|Intended Time to Degree||3 years *|
|Required Credit Hours||48 hrs|
|* Note: Maximum time allowed is 5 years|