MFA Requirements

The MFA program in fiction, nonfiction or poetry normally takes two years to complete. Some students who choose to attend part-time take three years. Candidates must complete 45 graduate semester hours and submit a thesis acceptable to their MFA committee and to the Graduate School.

The English Department has detailed course descriptions.

Thesis Requirements

A prose thesis may be a novel, group of short stories, or collection of nonfiction essays with a minimum length of 80 pages. A poetry thesis requires a minimum of 40 pages. With committee and graduate chair permission, an MFA could comprise work in both prose and poetry.

Candidates give a public thesis reading after committee approval.

Class Requirements

  • Four 500-level creative writing workshops (12 credits)

*Students may take two additional workshops for elective credit.

  • One techniques course -- Prosody, Techniques of Fiction or Techniques of Nonfiction (3 credits)
  • Four literature courses (12 credits)

*One 500-level seminar and one 500- or 400-level literature course are required, but the remaining two courses can be substituted with a "special topics" creative writing class, an independent study with a literature professor, or a second techniques class.

  • Thesis Credits (up to 12)

*These credits serve as placeholders for work done on the thesis, but they are not required. Students can take other electives instead.

  • Electives (6 credits)

                  *Students may take up to 12 400- or 500-level credits in courses outside the department.