Creative Writing M.F.A. graduates produce work suitable for public presentation, publication, and other forms of creative expression that fit their post-graduate plans.
Creative Writing M.F.A. graduates produce and defend a thesis-length creative document that is characterized by its originality and excellence of expression and informed by its critical introduction and/or afterword.
Creative Writing M.F.A. graduates will persuasively defend, in the oral examination, the coherence of their plan of study and their mastery of a discrete area of the discipline.
Creative Writing M.F.A. graduates who teach composition or assist faculty in teaching courses in the English major will exemplify pedagogical understanding and practice that qualifies them to teach similar courses at other colleges and universities.
Requirements for Degree - MFA in Creative Writing
- Credit hours: 32 minimum, consisting of 26 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Engl 699R).
- Introductory course (2 hours): Eng 600.
- Required courses (18 hours): Three graduate-level writing workshops; two literature courses, and English 617 (617 should be taken in the first year)
- Elective courses (6 hours): Two graduate-level courses in the English Department (up to three credit hours may be taken outside the English Department with advisor approval)
- Thesis: six thesis hours (Engl 699R)
- Oral examination of thesis, coursework, and reading list.
- Equivalent of undergraduate English degree
- Course in Advanced Critical Theory
- Formal Writing Sample
- Creative Portfolio - see department for particulars