Degree Requirements

MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics requires a total of 48 credit hours distributed among the following courses:

Summer Writing Program: 12 credits

WRI651–654 Summer Writing Program I (6)
WRI751–754 Summer Writing Program II (6)

SUBTOTAL 12

Writing Workshops: 9 credits

Semester-long courses in creative writing workshops require regular submission of original work for critique, oral presentation, and editing. Creative reading and writing courses have distinct literature and creative writing components.

SUBTOTAL 9

Poetics Seminars: 9 credits

These examine a single writer’s work or specific topics in literary history, or encompass a survey of historical or theoretical orientations, and require critical papers in standard academic format. Students must take WRI617 Poetics Seminar: Writers in Community in their first semester. 

SUBTOTAL 9

Electives: 6 credits

Students have ample choice to fulfill the 3-credit elective requirement and may choose courses from a wide range of offerings (including taking extra literature and workshop courses). The Creative Writing & Poetics program also offers the following electives:

SUBTOTAL 6

Professional Development Requirement: 3 credits

There are a variety of courses available that provide professional development in teaching and publishing.

SUBTOTAL 3

Contemplative Requirement: 3 credits

There are a variety of courses available that satisfy this requirement, including, but not limited to, T’ai-chi Ch’uan, sitting meditation, aikido, ikebana, sumi brushstroke, thangka painting, and yoga. Each of these disciplines provides training in an art form that cultivates mindful awareness.

The Creative Writing & Poetics program offers the following 3-credit contemplative courses:

SUBTOTAL 3

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 and extended thesis is available in the JKS office.

SUBTOTAL 6

TOTAL CREDITS 48

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