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Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements (minimum of 36 units required)

Program Description

The MFA in Creative Writing Program is a 36-unit interdisciplinary course of study that culminates in a terminal degree that qualifies the holder to teach at the college level. The coursework includes fifteen unit hours in creative writing workshops [including bilingual creative writing when offered], three hours of literary theory, nine additional unit hours in Humanities and Film electives, three hours of electives, and six hours of thesis. We do not allow either the Humanities Internship course nor the Teaching course in our curriculum as units toward the degree. The MFA student completes a critical essay and an original creative writing manuscript in a selected genre.

Completion of:

1. Fifteen (15) units of Creative Writing Workshops

2. Three units of Literary Theory (HUM 241E) or Poetics (CRW 244) in the first year

3. Nine units of Literature and Thought:

  • Any courses in the CRW 299 sequence
  • CRW 232 or CRW 242 (Screenwriting--only one Screenwriting course may count for the block)
  • Courses with the prefix CRW in:
    • Latin American Thought
      LatinX Border/Mixed Genre
      Afro-LatinX/ Mixed Genre
      Mexican Cinema

  • Up to six units of Humanities (HUM) Elective and/or FLM 259 or FLM 265 (Film Studies)
  • Please note that these are the ONLY courses in FLM that CRW students may take. Production courses, and courses in TV, Documentary Story, or Screenwriting in FLM are not allowed and will NOT count toward your degree. No exceptions.

4. Electives (3 units required)

  • Any additional Creative Writing or Humanities courses.

5. Thesis (6 units required)

  • Thesis CRW 296 (3) to be taken twice, in each of the last two semesters

Required for completion of the degree is submission of a 150 to 250 page manuscript in one fiction or nonfiction; a 120 page play or screenplay; or 50 pages of poetry - closely reviewed, edited and refined with the assistance of the student's Thesis Committee. The Creative Writing thesis can be written in English and/or Spanish.  For more information on the Thesis proposal and approval process, contact the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.Thesis continuation is a 1 unit course, taken with advisor’s approval as needed.