Creative Writing Concentration

The M.A. concentration in Creative Writing helps students develop their writing as poets, fiction writers, and creative essayists beyond skills developed at the undergraduate level. Students in this concentration may be looking to develop their talents to the point where they can gain entrance to a prestigious M.F.A. or Ph.D. program in Creative Writing. They may be seeking space to study writing in the context of graduate literary study in English, working with professors who are themselves published authors. They may be refining their writing with the goal of publication, or just creating work of publication quality and honing their craft. We offer advanced courses in Poetry and Prose Writing with very small enrollment, facilitating one-on-one work with our creative writing faculty, as well as workshops where graduate students learn not just from professors but from fellow student writers, participating in the conversations that help build nuanced skills as creative artists.

We only offer a thesis option for the Creative Writing M.A.

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Core (9 credit hours)

  • One 6000-level course in American Literature 
  • One 6000-level course in British Literature
  • ENGL 6000

Content Courses (15 credit hours)

  • Three courses from among ENGL 5430, 5440, 5450, 6710, and 6720 (any of these courses may be repeated, for credit)
  • Two additional graduate-level electives in ENGL, THEA, or PC (at least one of these must be at the 6000-level)

Thesis Hours (6 credit hours)

  • Two sections of ENGL 6990

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