Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (0478)

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Program Coordinator

Alison M. Youngblood,, (270) 745-2257

The MFA program provides students pursuing vocations in creative writing the opportunity to acquire the background and knowledge required to be leading citizens of what Vachel Lindsay calls the “Republic of Letters.” The program prepares students for lives as writers of novels, short fiction, creative nonfiction, scripts, and poetry and related pursuits such as teaching, literary editing and publishing.  Students will complete a secondary concentration in literature, composition/rhetoric, or teaching English as a second language in order to give them additional options for employment after graduation. The two year residential program of study consists of 48 credit hours of graduate course work, culminating in rigorous comprehensive exams and the completion of a publishable creative thesis in fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, or creative nonfiction.


  • Composition and Rhetoric (ENCR)
  • Literature (ENLI)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (ENTL)

Program Admission

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum GRE Analytical Writing score of 4.0 and minimum GRE Verbal score of 153
  • Minimum GAP score of 453 [GAP = GRE-V + (undergraduate GPA x 100)]
  • Completion of four undergraduate English courses beyond general education requirements with a GPA of at least 3.0; two of the courses should be upper-level English courses.  Undergraduate creative writing courses are highly recommended
  • Submission of writing sample

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (48 hours)

Required Courses
ENG 507Introduction to Creative Writing Studies3
ENG 510Graduate Rhetoric and Writing3
ENG 512Reading as a Writer3
ENG 501Graduate Writing Workshop9
or ENG 403G Writing Memoir and Autobiography
or ENG 474G Advanced Poetry Writing
or ENG 475G Advanced Fiction Workshop
ENG 515Internship3
ENG 599Thesis Research and Writing6
Electives 1
Literature course3
Select 6 additional hours 6
Select a concentration12
Total Hours48

Composition & Rhetoric Concentration

Select 12 hours from the following:12
Advanced Composition
Editing and Publishing
Composition Theory and Practice in Writing Instruction
Theories of Rhetoric and Persuasive Writing
Writing and Technology
Special Topics in English
Advanced Directed Study
Total Hours12

Literature Concentration

Select 12 hours from the following:12
The British Novel
American Novel
American Poetry
Southern Literature
Women's Literature
Studies in American Literature
Studies in British Literature
Studies in World Literature
Studies in Genre
Seminar in British Writers
Seminar in American Writers
Special Topics in English
Advanced Directed Study
Total Hours12

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Concentration

Select 12 hours from the following:12
Linguistic Analysis
Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics
TESL Practicum
Integrated Teaching English as a Second Language
Teaching and Testing ESL Grammar
Advanced Directed Study
Total Hours12