Degree Requirements

M. F. A. in Creative Writing


The MFA Creative Writing is a 36-unit terminal degree program.  Students will participate in a graduate creative writing workshop each semester and take additional academic courses for credit.  Typically, the student will take two courses per semester. 

The course of study leading to the degree is comprised of four major elements:

a)      Creative Writing: Workshop Classes

b)      Academic: Humanities classes in Literature, Cultural Studies, and History.

c)      Professional: Internships and Teaching Assistantships that will prepare students for the rigors of the marketplace. The Humanities Speaker Series of Distinguished Voices in Writing as well as Summer Writer’s retreat will offer further opportunities for professional development

d)      Thesis

Requirements—36 units total:

1)      Completion of fifteen units of Creative Writing Workshops (15 units, required).

          HUM 229 CW Children's Literature

          HUM 230 CW Fiction

          HUM 231 CW Poetry

          HUM 232 CW Writing for Screen and Television

          HUM 233 CW Non-Fiction Writing

          HUM 234 CW Advanced Screenwriting

          HUM 246 CW Playwriting

          HUM 247 CW Advanced Playwriting

          HUM 248 CW Special Topics in Creative Writing

2)      Completion of twelve units of Humanities Electives.  (12 units, required). 

At least three courses must be in English or American literature; comparative literature; literature in the modern or classical languages; history; or cultural studies.

3)      Professional development: (3 units, required)

          HUM 299A CW Approaches to Teaching (1 unit)

          HUM 299B CW Internship (1-6 units) 

          HUM 299C  CW Publishing (1 unit) 

4)      Thesis HUM 296A CW (3 units) and Thesis HUM 296B CW (3 units).

Required for completion of the degree is submission of a publication-ready, book-length manuscript in one genre—poetry, short story, novel, memoir, non-fiction essays, screenplay, and teleplay -- closely edited and refined under the guidance of the student’s Special Committee.  For more information on the Thesis proposal and approval process, contact the MFA in Creative Writing Program Office.