Master of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) Degree Requirements

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 [601] can count for degree credit)
  • 15 thesis credits, under the direction of a Thesis Committee, including each of the following:
    1. Creative manuscript
    2. 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);


      • works of criticism.
    3. 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.

Additional Information

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.