Degree Plan

Student reading from her work at the Wynne Home Arts Center

We are a 48-hour program because we believe that the third year is crucial for a writer’s development, providing the chance to complete book-length works begun during those first two years. We also seek to balance the core of an MFA program—the workshops—with our belief that writers need to be informed readers of the world’s literature.

Though we don’t desire to turn our writers into “theory-heads,” we do believe it’s helpful for writers, especially those who function or will function within the academy, to have some basic understanding of the theories that inform not only how writers write, but how readers read. Finally, the plan of study seeks as well to provide students with practical, hands-on training in editing and publishing, an exciting and ever-changing venture in this digital age.


Degree Plan  Funding Courses


Plan of Study
The Writer's Life (ENGL 5340) 3 hours
Five Creative Writing Workshops (ENGL 5331, ENGL 5332, ENGL 5334). Note: The 15 hours must included at least 3 hours in a prose workshop and three hours in a poetry workshop. 15 hours
Poetry & Prosody (ENGL 5337) or Narrative Theory (ENGL 5336) 3 hours
Two Practicum in Publishing Courses (ENGL 5333) 6 hours
Literature, Language, and Pedagogy Courses 15 hours
Thesis I (ENGL 6398) and Thesis II (ENGL 6399) 6 hours
Oral Defense of Thesis


48 hours

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