The MFA degree with a major in Creative Writing promotes a combination studio/academic course of study allowing degree candidates to hone their skills as writers and grow as artists through rigorous application of craft. Students receive critical feedback on poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in writing workshops, scrutinize aspects of genre in special topics classes and investigate larger theoretical and historical contexts for creative work in Literature and Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics classes.
The program culminates in a creative thesis comprised of a book length manuscript of original creative work. While the MFA is an ideal stepping stone for those students who plan to teach creative writing at any level and those who wish to pursue a PhD degree with a major in English, concentration in Creative Writing, the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the UT believes that study and practice of literary arts is intrinsically valuable and our program is designed first and foremost for those students who wish to dedicate their lives to writing well.
- A prospective student may contact the Graduate Admissions Office for application procedures or may review them on the Office of Graduate Admissions website. For additional information, please visit the Graduate Studies in English pages through the Department of English website.
- The Department of English does not accept students in non-degree or provisional status. A student who wishes to enter the department must apply in degree-seeking status for his/her application to receive consideration for admission to any graduate program in English.
Credit Hours Required
Minimum 30 graduate credit hours
- Students must complete 12 credit hours chosen from the following four courses:
- Students must complete 12 credit hours chosen from the following courses:
- ENGL 505 , ENGL 507 , ENGL 508 , ENGL 509 , ENGL 513 , ENGL 514 , ENGL 520 , ENGL 521 , ENGL 531 , ENGL 540 , ENGL 541 , ENGL 550 , ENGL 551 , ENGL 552 , ENGL 560 , ENGL 561 , ENGL 575 , ENGL 576 , ENGL 583 , ENGL 584 , ENGL 585 , ENGL 586 , ENGL 588 , ENGL 589 , ENGL 590 , ENGL 591 , ENGL 593 , ENGL 594
- ENGL 610 , ENGL 611 , ENGL 620 , ENGL 621 , ENGL 630 , ENGL 631 , ENGL 640 , ENGL 641 , ENGL 650 , ENGL 651 , ENGL 652 , ENGL 660 , ENGL 661 , ENGL 662 , ENGL 670 , ENGL 671 , ENGL 672 , ENGL 680 , ENGL 682 , ENGL 690 , ENGL 694
- ENGL 555 (6 credit hours)
- Foreign Language Requirement
- MFA candidates must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of the following ways:
- Completion of a second year of language at college level with a grade of C or better,
- Completion of French 302 or German 332 with a grade of B or better, or
- By passing a foreign language examination as administered at the University of Tennessee.
- Final Examination
- MFA candidates must pass an oral examination, which consists of a public reading from the candidate’s creative thesis, followed by a question-and-answer session open to both the public and the professorial committee.