MFA Degree Structure

UAA's Creative Writing & Literary Arts MFA program always begins in with the summer semester and requires nine courses (45 credits) over a three-year period. Each course is five credits and one course per semester is considered a full-load. It is estimated that the student's academic work will amount to 15-20 hours of work weekly.

Students are required to attend the entire duration of three Residencies. At the fourth Residency, students are only expected to attend on the day they deliver their colloquium.

 MFA Schedule


First Year Course Title Credits
Summer Semester The Graduate Writer's Workshop  (Residency) 5.0
Fall Semester Studies in Form & Theory 5.0
Spring Semester Studies in Form & Theory 5.0
     
Second Year Course Title Credits
Summer Semester The Graduate Writer's Workshop  (Residency) 5.0
Fall Semester Studies in Form & Theory 5.0
Spring Semester Literary Practicum 5.0
     
Third Year Course Title Credits
Summer Semester The Graduate Writer's Workshop  (Residency) 5.0
Fall Semester Thesis 5.0
Spring Semester Thesis 5.0
     
Fourth Course Title Credits
Final Summer Thesis defense and colloquium     (Residency) 0.0

 

Total Credits

 

 

45.0

 

Literary Practicum

We want students to use their talents in a way that engages the world beyond the written page.  In the spring semester of their second year, students undertake their Literary Practicum.  The Practicum offers students practical experience in writing, publishing, teaching, arts administration, or any pursuit that encourages creativity and initiative. 
Possible projects could include:
  • working on literary magazines;
  • attending or presenting at literary writing conferences;
  • collaborating with other artists or scholars on projects;
  • producing or editing a publication;
  • teaching writing workshops or courses;
  • developing curricula for classroom use;
  • undertaking extensive research projects related to their creative work.
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The practicum is flexible enough to allow students to parcel the five credit requirement among different options, including attendance at the annual Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference held in Homer, Alaska each June.

 

MFA Handbook

For more detailed information about how the MFA is structured, please review the MFA Handbook.

 

Nature will bear the closest inspection.
She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf,
and take an insect view of its plain.
~Henry David Thoreau