CREATIVE WRITING Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.
Master of Fine Arts Degree:
MFA, with available tracks in Fiction or Poetry
Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement
Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement
Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement
More than half of degree coursework (27 out of 42 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.
Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions
With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 12 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate
No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.
Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special
With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 10 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Credits per Term Allowed
Program-Specific Courses Required
Fiction track: English 781 Graduate Fiction Workshop
Poetry track: English 782 Graduate Poetry Workshop
Both tracks: English 783 Graduate Creative Writing Pedagogy Seminar and English 785 Creative Writing Thesis Hours
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement
3.00 GPA required
Other Grade Requirements
No other specific grade requirements.
The MFA advisor (sometimes referred to as the MFA program director) will review student academic performance and conduct in all coursework to determine that students are making satisfactory progress toward the degree. If at any time the MFA advisor determines that a student’s academic performance and/or conduct has not been satisfactory, the MFA advisor, with the input and concurrence of the voting members of the Creative Writing Steering Committee, may place the student on probation or may dismiss the student from the program. The period of probation will be one semester in duration. Prior to the end of the probationary period the MFA advisor will review the student’s performance and conduct and decide, with the input and concurrence of the voting members of the Creative Writing Steering Committee, to reinstate or dismiss the student.
Advisor / Committee
The current MFA advisor (sometimes referred to as the MFA program director) advises all MFA students.
Assessments and Examinations
MFA candidates must submit a publishable written thesis in the genre in which they were admitted (fiction or poetry).
It is expected that the MFA thesis be completed in May of the second year in the program.
Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.
No language requirements.
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