Degree Program Overview

Launched in 2012, the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing is a 48-hour workshop-based residency program that allows you to:

  • focus on poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction;
  • enjoy intensive instruction with dedicated professors;
  • gain practical publishing experience through SHSU's Texas Review Press and Texas Review.

In addition, students participate in writing workshops in fiction and poetry, undertake coursework in literary periods and types, and study narrative and poetic theory.

MFA candidates present an MFA thesis: a book-length work (minimum 80 pages for poetry and 160 pages for prose—novel, short-story collection, essay collection, or other work of creative non-fiction).

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Length 48 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1

Deadlines for full consideration (i.e., to be considered for graduate assistantships) are March 15 (Fall) and October 15 (Spring).

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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