College of Arts and Humanities

MFA in Writing Curriculum

MFA in Writing Curriculum

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Students in the MFA in Writing program complete 48 credit hours, including an orientation class, a craft foundations class, and a 6-credit final thesis class. The remaining coursework is chosen from our MFA curriculum.

The MFA program offers workshop classes, literature classes, and craft classes in a wide variety of genres and focus areas. Students may take all coursework fully online, or they may choose to include up to one hybrid class per term (which is offered both on-campus and virtually; see our Local Students page for more info). Classes are offered intermittently on a rotating schedule.

Students who choose to declare an emphasis in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, or Young Adult/ Middle Grade must take at least 27 credit hours in the emphasis area, including at least one Foundational course in that genre, and their final Thesis must focus primarily on that genre. 

The final course requirement for all students is the MFA Thesis class.


To supplement the catalog descriptions with more details for our students, our instructors have also provided personalized descriptions for the classes they teach. Click the class titles linked below to view course descriptions, class types, and textbook information.

MFA Courses - By Course Number

MFA Courses - By Instructor