At 60 hours, this three-year Creative Writing program from University of Central Arkansas will ensure that graduates build multi-genre backgrounds in the popular discipline of Creative Writing through workshops, forms courses, topics courses, a wide variety of electives, and specialized teaching and editing practicums. To ensure individualized attention, the program admits 5 to 8 students annually, with a total population of under 25 students. We offer two publishing assistantships, one with the award-winning national magazine the Oxford American, and one with our new online magazine, Arkana. We also offer the Porter Fund Scholarship, a $4000 yearly scholarship, to one student.
After being trained in both composition and creative writing pedagogy, some students will be offered graduate assistantships for teaching undergraduate writing classes; others work as graduate assistants in the Center for Writing & Communication, in Sponsored Programs or the Graduate School, among others. All students complete a thesis project. Our students will earn practical, hands-on experience by serving on the editorial staff of our new online national literary magazine Arkana.
They also have the opportunity to pursue internships with local arts organizations and non-profits as well as with the nationally recognized literary magazine the Oxford American. In addition, a unique course in “The MFA Experience” will help students to maximize their time in the program as they develop as writers and artists.
- Advanced Forms and Theory of Poetry
- Advanced Forms and Theory of Fiction
- Advanced Forms and Theory of Creative Nonfiction
- Teaching Creative Writing: History, Theory and Practice
- A Professional Development Seminar
- Editing and Publishing
- Composition Theory and Pedagogy
- 36 months
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DisciplinesLanguage Studies Creative Writing Literature View 979 other Masters in Language Studies in United States
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a scale of 4.00 OR at least a 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
- Minimum 3.00 GPA on any graduate course work taken at another accredited institution
- Test Scores – Most of our programs do not require standardized test scores. If the program requires scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or GMAT, the scores must be less than five years old. Register to take the GRE on the ETS website and send your scores to UCA.
- Program-specific admission requirements – These vary by program and include items such as test scores, interviews, etc.
Complete applications include the following:
- A 500 word statement of purpose detailing why you would like to pursue the MFA
- A 10-30 page portfolio of creative writing in the areas in which you hope to study
- 2 letters of recommendation from professional references that can speak to your writing abilities
International15660 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 783 USD per credit during 36 months.
National15660 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 783 USD per credit during 36 months.
In-State9960 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 498 USD per credit during 36 months.
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