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MFA Requirements

Building on emerging excellence in creative writing, the MFA student should work toward increased sophistication in his/her art. Correspondingly, the MFA student should have training in literary history and the intellectual and artistic debates that inform current literature. The MFA constitutes solid preparation for creative publication, expert teaching in creative writing and literature, leadership in communications for business, education and arts organizations, or entrance into a Ph.D program in literature and creative writing.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. (Exceptions to the GPA requirement may be made if the creative manuscript shows exceptional merit.) 
  • 12 hours of advanced English (courses above a sophomore level) with an average GPA of 3.0 or better. 
  • Two years of college level study in one foreign language or a score of 450 on the GSFLT or otherwise demonstrating reading knowledge of a foreign language. (In some cases deficits in foreign language may be made up while the student is in the Creative Writing Program.)

Requirements of the Degree

  • 36 hours of coursework
  • Foreign language. Students must demonstrate reading knowledge of a foreign language.
  • 6 hours of MFA. thesis

More information on the MFA degree is available here.

A sample list of graduate courses is available here