Creative Writing, Editing, & Publishing, Master of Fine Arts

Available: On Campus

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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).

Dual Degree Option

Students interested in advanced graduate work in both creative writing and academic literary studies may consider the English, MA & the Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing, MFA dual degree option. The dual degree program allows students to earn both degrees through a single 60-hour program.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Length 48 Credit Hours
(60 Hours for the dual degree option)
Catalog Entry Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dual Degree: English, MA/Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Enrollment Fall
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1

The deadline for full consideration (i.e., to be considered for graduate assistantships) is March 15 (Fall).

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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