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Typical Student Schedule|Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Typical Schedule in the MFA Program With Teaching Assistantship

First Semester

Teach one course ENGL 1010

ENGL 5900 ~ 1 credit

ENGL 5010 Practical Teaching of English ~ 4 credits

ENGL 5560 Workshop of your choice ~ 4 credits

Some students may elect to take a third course in the first semester; others may wish to concentrate on their first workshop and on teaching for the first time.  Students may “fill out” their schedule in any semester by adding thesis credit hours (ENGL 5960).

Second Semester

Teach one course (1010)

ENGL 5900 ~ 1 credit

Coursework (e.g., workshop +electives or MFA project) ~ 10-11 credits

During the second semester of study, plan to meet with the MFA director to discuss your preliminary plans for the body of work and to identify your thesis chair. By the end of the second semester, you should have chosen a chair (and typically your second reader as well), worked out a brief description of your goals for the body of work, and designed a plan for writing and revision during the summer and into the second year.

Third Semester

Teach one course

ENGL 5900 ~ 1 credit

Take thesis hours towards 6-credit requirement

Coursework (e.g., workshop + electives or MFA project)

Acquaint yourself with the Office of the Registrar's graduation procedures and deadlines.

Early in the third semester, you need to finalize the full membership of your thesis committee. The thesis chair should consult closely with the student in identifying potential thesis committee members. When the membership of the thesis committee is finalized, the information will be recorded in the MFA program's Record of Thesis Committee form and in the University's Program of Study form. You should also meet with your thesis chair early in the third semester to discuss the summer's writing accomplishments and to plan for the second year. Students must submit the University's Program of Study form by the end of the third semester.

Fourth Semester

Teach one course

ENGL 5900 %7e 1 credit

Complete remaining course work and thesis credits

Follow the Graduate Student Graduation Information (Office of the Registrar)

Confirm you are on track to graduate with a degree check (Office of the Registrar-After submitting Program of Study)

Submit your Anticipated Graduation Date form (Office of the Registrar)

Pay fees (Office of the Registrar)

Complete and defend thesis

During the fourth semester, the student should be focused on revisions of materials assembled in the body of work and of the artist's statement. The student will consult with the thesis committee, particularly with the thesis chair, regarding preparations of materials for the defense (see "The Defense and Public Reading"). The student will follow university graduation processes regarding filing of forms, payment of graduation fees, and uploading of the thesis (see the Graduate Education page for details).


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