Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate Program MFA+MA

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Course Requirements

Course Title
Five 400-level seminars in English 1
One additional literature or theory course at the 300- or 400-level, in English or another department or program. 2
ENGLISH 403-0Writers' Studies in Literature (three seminars)
ENGLISH 493-0Elements of Craft (first year; a guided writing workshop)
ENGLISH 494-0Mapping the MFA Thesis (second year; a guided writing workshop)
Four quarters of MFA Writing Workshop:
Cross-Genre Creative Writing Workshop
MFA Poetry Workshop
MFA Fiction Workshop
MFA Creative Nonfiction Workshop
ENGLISH 571-0Teaching Creative Writing (first year)
ENGLISH 491-0Editorial Practicum (two quarters, summers, noncredit)
ENGLISH 490-0Independent Reading (three quarters, when working as a TA)
ENGLISH 591-0MFA Thesis Tutorial (three quarters, in third year)

Other Degree Requirements

  • First Year Review
  • Satisfactory completion of an article-length literary critical essay in the late spring of year two. This 20-25 page capstone essay will typically be an expanded version of an essay written for an English Department graduate seminar, revised in response to comments from, and as appropriate in consultation with, the seminar instructor.
  • Satisfactory completion of an MFA Thesis: the first draft of a book-length work of original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or mixed-genre work.