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Program Outline

Course Load 

The MFA program consists of 48 credit hours of coursework, and an additional 3 hours of Assistantship practicum. Each graduate course counts for three hours of credit. 

Students complete five nine-hour semesters and one six-hour semester, for a total of 51 hours. This figure includes the required 3-credit hour Practicum course, taken in ones first semester as an IA/TA. Tuition for this course is waived, and it does not count toward ones required 48 hours of MFA coursework. All students holding an Assistantship must take 9 hours each semester during their first year, since they will need 18 graduate English hours to be considered for a TA position the following year.

Required Courses

  • 12 degree hours (four sections) of workshop (ENG 5315). After two workshops, students may take a break to apply what they've learned to their work. Students should plan to take one workshop during their second year and one workshop during their third year. 

  • 3 degree hours of Form & Theory of Fiction (ENG 5320) or Poetry (ENG 5322) taken in the first year.

  • 3 degree hours of Literary Techniques (ENG 5395), also known as Problems in Language and Literature courses. (Note: Literary Techniques may be repeated three times for nine Cognate credits.)

  • 15 degree hours in Literature courses, which may include six hours of ENG 5312, Internship in Porter House Review, and three to six hours of ENG 5323, Studies in Autobiography and Memoir.  

  • 6 degree hours of thesis work (ENG 5399A and ENG 5399B)

  • 9 degree hours in an Open Cognate.