The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is for students with advanced abilities in the writing of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. The nationally-ranked program offers a balance of intimate and intensive writing workshops with courses in literature, form and technique, and related electives. Course work culminates in a book-length collection of short stories / poems / essays or a novel or memoir as well as the completion of a comprehensive portfolio.

Effective Spring 2018

Select one course from the following:3
Form and Technique in Modern Literature: Fiction
Form and Technique in Modern Literature: Poetry
Form and Technique in Modern Literature: Essay
Select 12 credits (4 courses) in any one genre from the following:12
Graduate Writing Workshop: Fiction
Graduate Writing Workshop: Poetry
Graduate Writing Workshop: Essay
E 699Thesis12
Additional credits in E 500- or E 600-level courses 118-20
One course outside English Department, 300-level or above 21-3
Program Total Credits:48

A minimum of 48 credits are required to complete this program.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Students are required to submit a portfolio with writing, sample papers, and annotated bibliography at the end of their program.  

  • A minimum of 32 credits applied to an MFA degree must be earned at CSU. Of these, at least 21 must be earned after admission to the program. 

  • Graduate courses taken at CSU prior to admission to the Graduate School can be applied to an MFA degree if the grade earned is B or higher.  

  • At least 16 credits earned at CSU and applied to an MFA degree must be English courses at the 500 level or higher; of these credits, at least 12 must be in “regular” courses. English courses considered to be other than “regular” include E 607B, E 684, E 687, E 695, E 699, and any courses graded pass/fail.

  • Courses transferred from an MFA program must have a grade of B or higher and must have a CSU equivalent at the 500-level or higher. Credits used to fulfill requirements for previously earned degrees are not accepted.  

  • Up to three credits of coursework for an MFA degree can come from CSU programs outside the English department at the 300 level or higher. Students can take two additional courses outside the department, but these courses must be 500-level or higher. 

  • Graduate students may register for any number of internship credits, but a total of only six credits of E 607B, E 684, and E 687 (combined) will count toward graduation. 

  • A maximum of two credits of E 695 can count toward an MFA degree.  

  • With the exception of specified courses, all courses taken in the English department and applied to an MFA degree must be taken at the 500-level or above.