• MFA: Degree Requirements

    MFA Program Details: Courses

    All students in the MFA program are required to complete forty-eight academic credits.


    Our MFA courses offer a writing-focused, multi-genre exploration designed to widen and deepen student awareness and knowledge of the literary world. Read full course descriptions.

    Curriculum Overview:

    Core Seminar (4 credits)

    Required Craft Courses (8 credits) 

    • Groundings in the Craft: Elements of Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
    • Advanced Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction (4 credits) 

    Writing Courses (16 credits)

    Choose from a variety of writing topics courses, including: The Literary Memoir, The Personal Essay, Lyric Essay, The Novel, Point of View, Slipstream Fiction, The Short Story, a variety of Form and Vision in Poetry topics, numerous interdisciplinary writing courses, and more. Additional Groundings in the Craft courses, the Water~Stone Review class, and the 2-credit Water~Stone Review Summer Writing Workshop may also count toward this requirement.

    Elective Courses (12 credits)

    Elective credits can include any of the writing courses listed above, as well as non-writing courses like Composition Theory and Pedagogy, The Creative Process, and more. 

    Capstone/Thesis (8 credits)

    48 credits   

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    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor to learn more about pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing.

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