55 credits, a creative manuscript, and a critical essay. The program should be completed within six full-time quarters.
- 20 course credits in 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 credits of internship  can count for degree credit)
- 15 thesis credits, under the direction of a Thesis Committee, including each of the following:
1) Creative Manuscript: a minimum of 30 poems, or 100 pages of 5 short stories and/or personal essays, or 150 pages of a novel or book-length essay.
2) Critical Essay: 20-30 pages, addresssing the student's relationship to his or her reading, based on the student's own writerly concerns and studies, using a reading list compiled by the student.
- An Oral Presentation: a discussion with and/or questions from the candidate's thesis committee on the creative manuscript, critical essay, and/or the writing process and which may include a reading from the candidate's creative manuscript.
- The submission of the Creative Manuscript or the Critical Essay as an Electronic Thesis.