M.F.A. Timeline

YEAR 1:

FALL SEMESTER

  • GTAs take 2 courses (801 + one), teach 2 courses, GRAs take 3 courses
  • Visit DGS or assigned advisor once a month to update on progress and perceptions

SPRING SEMESTER

  • GTAs take 2 courses (800 or 780 [recommended] + one), teach 2 courses , GRAs take 3 courses
  • Visit DGS or assigned advisor at least once during the semester; discuss best advisor choices for Year 2

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Enroll in Summer Institute if topic and/or methodology matches interests (course is worth 3 credit hours).

YEAR 2:

FALL SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, teach 2 courses. Remember that by the end of coursework, you must take 4 creative writing workshops and 4 graduate classes in English or American literature.
  • Visit advisor and MFA Director, in person, at least once during the semester to check up on progress

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, teach 2 courses
  • Ask a member of the creative writing faculty to serve as your thesis director. Discuss the building of the thesis portfolio, and which other faculty members would make a good fit for your committee

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Summer teaching, if eligible
  • Enroll in Summer Institute if topic and/or methodology matches interests (course is worth 3 credit hours).

YEAR 3:

FALL SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, including at least 3 hours of 899 (thesis); teach 2 courses. 
  • Visit committee regularly during the semester

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, including at least 3 hours of 899 (thesis); teach 2 courses. 
  • Visit committee regularly during the semester
  • Final Oral Examination (Thesis Defense)

 


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