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Degree Requirements

MFA in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing requires 36 credit hours of graduate study, encompassing the following:

Creative Writing Workshops, 12 credits

A strength of the program is the flexibility it offers the student in terms of writing concentration. Students may choose from workshops in Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Fiction, the Novel, Creative Nonfiction, Writing for Young Adults, and Dramatic Writing. Courses are also offered to support generative writing, such as Constructing the Novel, in which students complete a novel within a semester.

Literature Courses, 9 credits

Students select from a wide range of literature courses, from classical readings to contemporary classics and bestsellers. Some courses, such as Critical Theory and Rhetoric & Composition, fit perfectly into a plan of study for writers whose goal is to teach. We also offer a variety of Special Topics in Literature courses to meet the current interests of students. These have included such courses as The 20th Century Crime Novel, The Literature of Pop Culture, Poet Laureates, and Form & Content in Fiction. The literature courses allow students to read as writers, to explore literary traditions, and to discover where they, as writers, fit into these traditions and movements.

Electives, 12 credits

Students may choose the following as electives:

  • Additional literature courses
  • Interdisciplinary courses, which use other facets of the arts to speak to the process of writing, such as Visual Literacy: The Language of Image and Acting for Writers
  • Special Topics courses that focus on aspects of the writing life not covered in workshops, such as Surviving as a Writer and Editing the Literary Magazine
  • Publishing and design courses from Rosemont’s acclaimed MA in Publishing, such as Publishing Law, Mechanics of Editing, Design Studio, and YA Genre Study
  • Thesis 3 credits


Students work with a thesis advisor in developing a substantial manuscript of the student’s choice:  a poetry collection, a short fiction collection, a novel, a memoir, a creative nonfiction work, or some other approved project.


The MFA in creative writing/MA in publishing degree offers students the opportunity to get the best of both programs in a compressed time frame. Students will leave the double degree program with both a full-length creative work and a corresponding and supportive capstone project.

Students will focus their studies on one concentration for each discipline: 

Creative Writing Program

Publishing Program

Creative Non-fiction Business of Publishing
Short Fiction Children's & Young Adult
Novel Writing Design
Dramatic Writing Editorial
Writing for Children and Young Adults      


Students will take the following classes to earn the double degree:

MFA courses, 21 credits

4 writing workshop classes
3 literature classes

Publishing courses, 21 credits

3 required classes
GPP 7200 Publishing Overview
GPP 7345 Design Studio
GPP 7000 Intro to ePub

Chosen concentration courses, 12 credits
Electives, 12 credits

2 classes from each program

Double thesis, 6 credits