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);
- 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.