• MFA: Degree Requirements

    MFA Program Details: Courses

    All students in the MFA 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)

    Required Craft Courses (12 credits) 

    • Two Groundings Courses: Groundings in the Craft: Elements of Fiction, Poetry, and/or Creative Nonfiction (8 credits)
    • One Advanced Workshop: Advanced Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction Workshop (4 credits) 

    Writing TOPICS 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, 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.

    Pre-Professional coursE (4 credits) 

    • Choose from any of the Water~Stone Review courses (WRIT 8210, 8220, 8230) or Composition Theory & Pedagogy.

    Elective Courses (4 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)

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