Creative Writing - Master's

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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Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in English program are required to have:

    1. Undergraduate GPA: at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    2. Statement of Purpose: should be no longer than two pages and include the following:
      1. Description of skills and qualities the candidate brings to the program
      2. Candidate’s motivation for obtaining a Master of Arts in English
      3. Candidate’s long-term goals in seeking a Master of Arts in English
      4. How the Master of Arts in English contributes to the achievement of those goals
      5. If applying for a Teaching Assistantship as well, the candidate should use this statement to address the candidate’s teaching interests and how the teaching assistantship contributes to the applicant’s overall goals.
    3. Writing Sample: should be an eight-page minimum, critical essay appropriate for submission in an upper-division, undergraduate English class

Early application submissions are encouraged. Graduate teaching assistantships are limited in number and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

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Degree Details

Degree: Master of Arts
Major: English
Concentration: Creative Writing

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College of Graduate Studies
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(931) 372-3233
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