The MFA 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 a three-pronged approach:
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
Requirements—36 units total:
1) Completion of twelve semester hours in any of the Humanities electives.
2) Completion of fifteen semester hours in creative writing workshops.
3) Professional development: 299A; 299B; or 299C teaching assistantships, publishing seminar, and/or editorial or community service mentoring internships (3)
4) Thesis CW296A/B (6)
Students will participate in a graduate writing workshop each semester and take additional courses for credit, at least three of them in English or American literature, Comparative literature, literature in the modern or classical languages, history, or cultural studies. Typically, the student will take two courses per semester.
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.