Our selective and academically rigorous forty-eight credit, three-year program is designed to provide talented writers with the opportunity to work closely with both outstanding faculty and gifted peers to strengthen their craft, develop their literary aesthetics, enrich their understanding of existing traditions and compositional possibilities, and to participate actively in the life of the literary community at large.
The primary tracks are poetry
and fiction, and admission is highly competitive. In addition to
the poetry and fiction workshops, there are courses available that
focus on writing drama, nonfiction, and screenplays, as well as
courses that provide practical experience in editing.
The basic requirements to complete
the MFA degree program are simple and straightforward, and include
twelve semester hours of writing workshops, twelve hours graduate
literature courses, and six to twelve hours of thesis work. Thesis
hours enable students to produce a substantial creative writing
thesis, a requirement of graduation.
New Mission Statement and Programmatic Learning Goals
Degree Requirements, MFA in Creative
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