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Degree Requirements

12 credit hours

ENGL 522 Poetry Writing Workshop
ENGL 523 Fiction Writing Workshop
ENGL 524 Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Note: Students are admitted into the program in one genre of concentration. Four workshops must be taken in this declared genre.

9 credit hours

ENGL 502 Teaching Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry Writing
ENGL 507 Small Press Production
ENGL 508 Writing, Editing, and Designing for Professional Advancement
ENGL 509 Book Arts
ENGL 532 Form and Theory of Poetry
ENGL 533 Form and Theory of Fiction
ENGL 534 Form and Theory of Creative Nonfiction

18 credit hours

Students must choose 500-level courses from at least two of the following areas:
Composition/Rhetoric, Creative Writing*, Linguistics, Literature, Technical Communication, or Internship. One 400-level G writing course allowed. ENGL 598 is required for Teaching Assistants.

*Either additional courses from the MFA Courses list or a workshop in a different genre is permitted.

3 credit hours

Graduate courses, any discipline
Note: May include 400-level G courses.

6 credit hours

To satisfy the requirements of the MFA in Creative Writing, students must complete a book-length thesis project of either fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Students should register for E593 Thesis in their final two semesters to receive six credit hours for a completed thesis that applies to the 48 credit hour minimum required for the degree.


48 credit hours

News and Announcements

  • The MFA program is pleased to welcome Denis Johnson, winner of the National Book Award, as our Visiting Distinguished Professor this semester. He is teaching the MFA workshop in fiction and also doing a reading that's open to the public on November 6th at 7:30pm in the Simplot Ballroom.
  • MFA program director Mitch Wieland's short story "Snow Angels" appeared in the summer issue of The Missouri Review. The story, set in Tokyo, is an excerpt from Strange You Never Knew, his novel in progress.
  • In April, Professor Martin Corless-Smith published his sixth book, a new novel titled This Fatal Looking Glass from SpiltLevel Texts.