MFA Thesis

For completion of the MFA degree, students are required to write a polished draft that is ready to be prepared for publication. The thesis consists of a novel, short story collection, or excerpt that is a minimum of 100 pages.

A Focused Curriculum

The MFA program requires 36 credit hours:

  • 4 Writing workshops (16 credits) Opportunity to take one on-campus workshop over the summer (4 credits) with permission of the graduate program director
  • 2 Literature classes (8 credits) Opportunity to take the on-campus “Teaching College Composition” class in lieu of one Literature class with permission of the graduate program director
  • 2 Publishing classes (8 credits)
  • Thesis project (4 credits)

Required Courses

Workshops: Students are required to take 16 credits in PF 610 Writing Workshop in Popular Fiction. This runs in multiple sections each semester.

Literature: Students are required to take 8 credits from the following literature seminar classes (students may take PF 616 more than once):

  • PF 615 Seminar in Popular Fiction
  • PF 616 Topics in the History of Popular Forms

Publishing: Students are required to take the following publishing classes:

  • PF 630 Introduction to the Publishing Process for Writers
  • PF 631 Topics in Writing and Publishing

Graduate Admission

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