• MFA: Degree Requirements

    Master of Fine Arts Program Details: Courses

    All students in the program are required to complete 48 academic credits.

    Courses (48 Credits Total)

    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.

    Core Seminar (4 credits)

    Two of the following (8 credits) 

    • Groundings in the Craft: Fiction (4 credits)
    • Groundings in the Craft: Poetry (4 credits)
    • Groundings in the Craft: Creative Nonfiction (4 credits) 

    Three workshops: two in the genre student is specializing in, and one outside the genre student is specializing in  (12 credits)

    • Workshop in Fiction
    • Workshop in Poetry
    • Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
    • Multi-Genre Workshops

    One pre-professional course (4 credits) 

    • Theory & Pedagogy of Teaching Composition
    • Literary Publishing: Water~Stone Review

    Three 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. 

    Thesis (8 credits)

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