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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. If they do not, you will need to enroll in an additional graduate course during the summer, fall, or spring in order to graduate on time. You may choose an independent study (ENGL 998) for this option, but please keep in mind only six credit hours of ENGL 998 will count toward your degree

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. If they do not, you will need to enroll in an additional graduate course during the summer, fall, or spring in order to graduate on time. You may choose an independent study (ENGL 998) for this option, but please keep in mind only six credit hours of ENGL 998 will count toward your degree

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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