The MFA in Creative Writing Program is a 36-unit interdisciplinary course of study that culminates in a terminal degree. The coursework includes fifteen semester hours in creative writing workshops; twelve semester hours in Humanities electives, three hours in professional development courses, and six hours thesis.
Applicants must meet the minimum college requirements for graduate study. An undergraduate major in English, History, or Cultural Studies is desirable, but applications from candidates who have majored in related fields will be considered. Admission is based on samples of previous creative writing in the student’s chosen genre (10-20 pages), academic record, and three letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a creative writing instructor or professional writer.
The MFA in Creative Writing is a 36-unit terminal degree program that qualifies the holder to teach at the college level.
The course of study leading to the degree is comprised of three components:
Completion of the MFA in Creative Writing degree requires the submission of a publication-ready, 100-page manuscript in one genre – fiction, creative non-fiction, screen play or teleplay; or 50 pages of poetry – closely reviewed, edited and refined under the guidance of the student’s Thesis Committee.