Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing is designed

  • to assist students in their development as writers of fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction;
  • to provide practical, hands-on experience in the field of editing and publishing;
  • to deepen a student’s critical engagement with language and literature, and
  • to prepare those students for careers as published authors, as well as teachers of creative writing in community colleges and universities, secondary schools, prisons, libraries, and community centers of various types.

Students seeking admission to the MFA program in English must supply the following materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. A statement of purpose, of 500 to 1000 words, articulating the applicant's intentions for pursuing an MFA from our particular program.
  4. Official transcripts of all college-level work, including one that shows conferral of the undergraduate degree (Note: The student must have completed at least twelve hours of upper-division English courses with a 3.0 GPA or better; students with credentials from foreign universities must have their transcripts reviewed by a transcript evaluation service.)
  5. Official scores for the GRE General Test (Note: The subject test in English is not required.)
  6. Three letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s potential for success in an English graduate program
  7. A creative writing sample of either 20 pages of prose or a collection of 8 - 10 poems. (Note: Applicants may submit a critical writing sample to supplement but not substitute for a creative work.)
  8. International applicants ONLY: Official TOEFL scores

The English MFA Program welcomes qualified international applicants; however, an individual who does not hold American citizenship must be accepted in regular admission status, without qualifications.

A holistic review of each applicant's file will be completed, and admission will be granted on a competitive basis.

To earn the MFA in English, students must complete a minimum of forty-eight hours of graduate credit with a focus in either Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry, as indicated below.

  • All MFA students are required to take ENGL 5340 at the first opportunity.
  • Before beginning work on a thesis, undertaking a directed study, or transferring in graduate credits from another institution, the student must have completed at least twelve hours of graduate English coursework, including ENGL 5340, in good standing.
  • All MFA students complete a two-semester thesis sequence (ENGL 6098 and ENGL 6099).
  • All MFA students must pass the MFA program's portfolio requirement. Students must be enrolled in the University for the terms in which they complete and defend the portfolio.
  • A student may take ENGL 5339 twice, with approval of the Department Chair.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Specified Courses
ENGL 5340The Writer's Life3
ENGL 5331Creative Writing: Fiction3
or ENGL 5334 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
ENGL 5333Practicum:Editing & Publishing (Students take 6 hours of practicum)6
ENGL 5332Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENGL 5336Narrative Theory3
or ENGL 5337 Poetic Theory and Prosody
ENGL 5331, 5332, 5334 (Students take 9 additional hours from these three courses)9
Literature, Language, & Pedagogy Courses (Students must take 15 hours from among the following):15
Graduate Research: Methods and Theories
Literary Criticism And Theory
The Novel
Multicultural Literature
Women's Literature
Major Figures in Amer Poetry
Major Figures in Brit Poetry
Special Topics in English
Early & Middle English Lit
English Linguistics
Hist Dvlpt Of English Language
Workshop In Teaching Writing
Practicm In Teaching Coll Comp
Rhetoric & Composition Theory
Early American Literature
Restoration-18Th Cent Brit Lit
The Classical Tradition
Renaissance-17th Cent Brit Lit
Romantic Literature
Victorian Literature
American Literature, 1800-1860
American Literature, 1860-1920
Modern World Literature
Eng Lit, 1900 to the Present
American Lit, 1920-the Present
ENGL 6098Thesis I3
ENGL 6099Thesis II3
Total Hours48