Jul 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English (Creative Writing) MA

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The English MA with a creative writing emphasis allows students to develop their creative writing, culminating in a thesis of fiction or poetry. The distinguished faculty in the Center for Writers offer workshops in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, along with courses in craft, literary forms, and teaching creative writing. The program is also home to the Mississippi Review, a nationally recognized literary magazine. Our graduate programs pay particular attention to professional development, including scholarly and creative publishing. With its dual emphases in literature and creative writing, the English program offers students a uniquely hybrid experience in which emerging writers and critics study alongside one another and work with specialists in both fields, preparing students for creative, academic, and professional careers.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants for regular admission to the MA program usually have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in undergraduate English courses and will typically have completed an undergraduate degree in English or a substantial number of courses in English. Application materials include transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a curriculum vitae, a sample of academic writing of between 10 and 20 double-spaced pages, and a sample of creative writing in the applicant’s intended genre of study (literary fiction or poetry) of between 10 and 20 double-spaced pages. Letters of recommendation should be from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.

Conditional admission is sometimes possible for applicants who do not meet all the criteria for regular admission. To remove conditional status, students must meet the Graduate School requirements described in the Admission Requirements and Procedures section of this Bulletin, and they must satisfy all additional requirements stipulated by the school.

Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

See Admission Requirements and Procedures  for other admission requirements. The English graduate programs do not require GRE or other standardized exam results.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

Students must complete one research tool: either proficiency in one foreign language OR six graduate hours of coursework in an allied field of study approved by their advisor or the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Students must take ENG 690 - Practicum in the Theory and Teaching of Composition if they hold an assistantship that includes teaching as one of their duties.

No more than 6 hours of 500-level credit will be counted toward the degree.

Students must complete a Master’s thesis (50-60 pages of poetry, or 100 pages of fiction, with a brief introduction) and a thesis defense.

A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

See General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information  for other requirements and policies.

Course Requirements (33 hours)

  • 1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hours.
  • Literature Courses (9-12 hours), one of which must be a theory course or a course designated theory-rich

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