Creative Writing and English MFA-MA Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School's Policy Guide.

Course Requirements

  • Five 400-level seminars in English (excluding 403: Writers’ Studies in Literature), two of which must be pre-1800 and two of which must be post-1800.
  • One additional literature or theory course at the 300- or 400-level, in English or another department or program. 300-level courses satisfying this requirement must bear graduate credit and require additional graduate-level work specifically designed and supervised by the faculty member teaching the course. 300-level courses require permission of the DGS.
  • Three English 403 seminars
  • English 493: Elements of Craft  (first year; a guided writing workshop)
  • English 494: The Long Form (second year; a guided writing workshop)
  • Four quarters of MFA Writing Workshop (English 495, 496, 497, or 498)
  • English 571: Teaching Creative Writing (first year)
  • Two quarters of English 491: Editorial Practicum  (summers, noncredit)
  • Three quarters of English 490 when working as a TA
  • Three quarters English 591: MFA Thesis Tutorial in third year

Other Degree Requirements

  • First Year Review
  • Satisfactory completion of an article-length literary critical essay in the late spring of year two. This 20-25 page capstone essay will normally be an expanded version of an essay written for an English Department graduate seminar, revised in response to comments from, and as appropriate in consultation with, the seminar instructor.
  • Satisfactory completion of an MFA Thesis: the first draft of a book-length work of original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed-genre work.