Degree Requirements

MFA in Creative Writing

Summer Writing Program: 16 credits

Two four-week summer semesters (or some combination totaling 16 credits) are completed at Naropa’s Boulder campus.

WRI651–654 Summer Writing Program I (8)
WRI751–754 Summer Writing Program II (8)

SUBTOTAL 16

Writing Workshops: 9 credits

Writing workshops require regular submissions of original work for critique and editing. Courses include reading and online discussion of modes of composition. Workshop participation encourages student peer critique and develops editing skills and an informed vocabulary.

SUBTOTAL 9

Literature Courses: 9 credits

Literature seminars focus on the works of particular authors, literary history, and culture, as well as contemporary trends in literary theory. They are titled Literature Seminar, Creative Reading and Writing, and Trends in Contemporary Literature. All literature courses require critical papers in standard academic format.

SUBTOTAL 9

MFA Thesis: 6 credits

In their last semester, MFA students submit an MFA thesis which includes creative and critical components. Additional information about the MFA thesis is available in the JKS office.

SUBTOTAL 6

Elective Requirement: 6 credits

Students can choose from the array of online courses offered by other programs at Naropa University. For those students who can attend class at Naropa, we also offer the following weekend electives, each for 1 credit. These classes can include in-resident undergraduate and graduate students and low-residency graduate students.

SUBTOTAL 6

Contemplative Requirement: 3 credits

SUBTOTAL 3

TOTAL CREDITS 49

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