Programs / MFA

Completion of the MFA in Creative Writing requires ten course credits. Eight of these credits will be earned through course work: four writing workshops and four classes in literary criticism and history, which should come from at least two national traditions and cover several literary periods. This course work may be completed in four summer sessions. MFA students will earn their final two credits by submitting a thesis, a manuscript of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or playwriting/screenwriting. Students at the thesis-level may do their work at home, corresponding with their thesis advisors. All work for the MFA can be completed in five years.

A mini-seminar entitled Intro to Grad Studies will introduce you to graduate-level work in our program.  It is designed to organize efficiently a process of learning that would take place in any case in your literature classes.  It will meet for about an hour on each of the first three Wednesday afternoons of the program (when no other classes are scheduled).  A fourth, optional meeting may be announced. Prior to the first meeting, there will be a Library orientation at duPont Library. The course is required for all NEW students. There is no credit and no registration on Banner.

School of Letters MFA Expectations and Requirements (pdf)

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