Graduate Program in Creative Writing

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Admission & Degree Requirements

Degree
MFA (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama)
Type of Program
Studio / Research

Required Course of Study
  • Thesis: 15hrs
  • Writing workshops: 12hrs
  • Other courses: 9hrs
  • Literature courses: 12hrs
  • Total: 48hrs

Foreign-language proficiency, defense of thesis.

MFA candidates will present appropriate, original work in fiction, poetry, drama, literary nonfiction, or some combination of these, as a thesis.


Application Deadline
  • December 31

For application information please see English Graduate Application.

Graduate students have the opportunity to gain valuable editorial experience working with Beecher's Magazine, the graduate student-run literary journal at the University of Kansas.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available, with opportunities to teach creative writing workshops. If you are applying for a teaching assistantship, please have your letter writers indicate your qualifications and/or potential for teaching. Graduate students have the opportunity to gain valuable editorial experience working with Beecher's Magazine, the graduate student-run literary journal at the University of Kansas. A number of annual prizes and awards recognize outstanding achievements in teaching and creative writing.

For more information, please contact William J. Harris, Creative Writing Program Director, via email at wjh8@ku.edu or call him at 785.864.2534.

For more information on GTA positions, please contact Frank Farmer, First and Second Year English Program Director, via email farmerf@ku.edu or call him at 785.864.2507


Degree
PhD (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama)
Type of Program
Creative Writing and Literary Studies

Required Course of Study
  • Formal graduate coursework (24 hrs)
  • English 800: Introduction to Graduate Study in English
  • Two Seminar Courses
  • English 999: Dissertation (at least 12 hrs)

Foreign-language proficiency, successful completion of oral comprehensive examination, defense of dissertation.

The creative dissertation allows PhD students in Creative Writing to present a book-length original work of fiction, poetry, drama, literary nonfiction, or some combination of these, in addition to a scholarly research component.


Application Deadline
  • December 31

For application information please see English Graduate Application.

Graduate students have the opportunity to gain valuable editorial experience working with Beecher's Magazine, the graduate student-run literary journal at the University of Kansas.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available, with opportunities to teach creative writing workshops. If you are applying for a teaching assistantship, please have your letter writers indicate your qualifications and/or potential for teaching. Graduate students have the opportunity to gain valuable editorial experience working with Beecher's Magazine, the graduate student-run literary journal at the University of Kansas. A number of annual prizes and awards recognize outstanding achievements in teaching and creative writing.

For more information, please contact William J. Harris, Creative Writing Program Director, via email at wjh8@ku.edu or call him at 785.864.2534.

For more information on GTA positions, please contact Frank Farmer, First and Second Year English Program Director, via email farmerf@ku.edu or call him at 785.864.2507



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