M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Degree Plans | Courses


Program Description


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing is designed to assist students in their development as writers of fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction; to provide practical, hands-on experience in the field of editing and publishing; to deepen a student’s critical engagement with language and literature; and to prepare those students for careers as published authors, as well as teachers of creative writing in community colleges and universities.


Admissions


Students seeking admission to the graduate program in English must supply the following materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level work, including one that shows conferral of the undergraduate degree (Note: The student must have completed at least twelve hours of upper-division English courses with a 3.0 GPA or better; students with credentials from foreign universities must have their transcripts reviewed by a transcript evaluation service)
  4. Official scores for the GRE General Test (Note: The subject test in English is not required)
  5. Three letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s potential for success in an English graduate program
  6. A creative writing sample of either 20 pages of prose or a collection of 8-10 poems (Note: Applicants may submit a critical writing sample to supplement but not substitute for their creative work)
  7. International applicants only: Official TOEFL scores

The English M.F.A. Program welcomes qualified international applicants; however, an individual who does not hold American citizenship must be accepted under regular admission status, without qualifications.

A holistic review of each applicant's file will be completed, and admission will be granted on a competitive basis.


Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing may choose either a focus in Fiction or a focus in Poetry

Plan 1 – Focus in Fiction

 

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
ENGL 5330 <ENG 697> Graduate Research: Methods and Theories
ENGL 5368 <ENG 568> Literary Criticism and Theory
ENGL 5332 <ENG 532> Creative Writing: Poetry
9
2
Block 1
Choose one from:
ENGL 5377 <ENG 577> Early and Middle English Literature
ENGL 5383 <ENG 583> English Linguistics
ENGL 5389 <ENG 589> History and Development of the English Language
3
3 Block 3 Choose one from:
ENGL 5372 <ENG 572> Early American Literature
ENGL 5375 <ENG 575> Restoration-18th Century British Literature
ENGL 5376 <ENG 576> The Classical Tradition
ENGL 5378 <ENG 578> Renaissance & Seventeenth-Century British Literature
3
4 Block 4 Choose one from:
ENGL 5379 <ENG 579> Romantic Literature
ENGL 5380 <ENG 580> Victorian Literature
ENGL 5385 <ENG 585> American Literature, 1800-1860
ENGL 5386 <ENG 586> American Literature, 1860-1920
3
5 Block 5 Choose one from:
ENGL 5371 <ENG 571> Modern World Literature
ENGL 5381 <ENG 581> British Literature, 1900-the Present
ENGL 5387 <ENG 587> American Literature, 1920-the Present
3
6 Practicum ENGL 5333 <ENG 533> Practicum: Editing and Publishing
6
7 Creative Writing: Fiction ENGL 5331 <ENG 531> Creative Writing: Fiction
12
7 Narrative or Poetic Theory ENGL 5336 <ENG 536> Narrative Theory
ENGL 5337 <ENG 537> Poetic Theory and Prosody
3
9 Thesis Choose all from:
ENGL 6398 <ENG 698> Thesis I
ENGL 6399 <ENG 699> Thesis II
6
TOTAL
48

 

Plan 2 – Focus in Poetry

 

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
ENGL 5330 <ENG 697> Graduate Research: Methods and Theories
ENGL 5368 <ENG 568> Literary Criticism and Theory
ENGL 5332 <ENG 532> Creative Writing: Poetry
9
2
Block 1
Choose one from:
ENGL 5377 <ENG 577> Early and Middle English Literature
ENGL 5383 <ENG 583> English Linguistics
ENGL 5389 <ENG 589> History and Development of the English Language
3
3 Block 3 Choose one from:
ENGL 5372 <ENG 572> Early American Literature
ENGL 5375 <ENG 575> Restoration-18th Century British Literature
ENGL 5376 <ENG 576> The Classical Tradition
ENGL 5378 <ENG 578> Renaissance & Seventeenth-Century British Literature
3
4 Block 4 Choose one from:
ENGL 5379 <ENG 579> Romantic Literature
ENGL 5380 <ENG 580> Victorian Literature
ENGL 5385 <ENG 585> American Literature, 1800-1860
ENGL 5386 <ENG 586> American Literature, 1860-1920
3
5 Block 5 Choose one from:
ENGL 5371 <ENG 571> Modern World Literature
ENGL 5381 <ENG 581> British Literature, 1900-the Present
ENGL 5387 <ENG 587> American Literature, 1920-the Present
3
6 Practicum ENGL 5333 <ENG 533> Practicum: Editing and Publishing
6
7 Creative Writing: Poetry ENGL 5332 <ENG 532> Creative Writing: Poetry
12
7 Narrative or Poetic Theory ENGL 5336 <ENG 536> Narrative Theory
ENGL 5337 <ENG 537> Poetic Theory and Prosody
3
9 Thesis Choose all from:
ENGL 6398 <ENG 698> Thesis I
ENGL 6399 <ENG 699> Thesis II
6
TOTAL
48

 

Courses

ENGL

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