55 credits, a creative manuscript, and a critical
essay. The program is usually completed
within six full-time quarters.
- 20 course credits in creative writing, including 3 creative writing workshops (one may be outside the student's genre)
- 15 credits in graduate literature seminars (5 credits of which must be a seminar numbered 506-510, 550, 551, or 581)
- 5 elective credits (5 graded credits of teaching internship  can count for degree credit)
- 15 thesis credits, under the direction of a Thesis Committee, including each of the following:
- Creative manuscript
- MFA Critical Essay. 30 pages: an expression of the student's relationship
to his or her reading, a relationship based on the student's own writerly
concerns and studies, using a reading list compiled by the student on
- a specialization or core (substantial representation of an author, approach, or form of particular interest to the student);
- genre or survey (a survey of the genre or contexts); and
- works of criticism.
- An Oral Presentation of either a reading of creative work from the thesis
or a discussion of the thesis and the essay topic with the Thesis Committee.
Please visit Creative
Writing for more information. Staff in
the Creative Writing and English Graduate Offices are also
available to answer questions concerning admission and program requirements.