Creative Writing, MFA

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2019-2020. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Total Hours: 42 Hours

Required Courses
Craft and Forms
Select 3 hours from the following:3
ENGL 5723
ENGL 5763
Graduate-Level Workshops
Select 12 hours from the following courses:12
Seminar in Fiction Writing
Seminar in Poetry Writing
Studies in Fiction Writing
Studies in Poetry Writing
Studies in Creative Nonfiction
Graduate-Level Literature
Select six hours6
Hours Subtotal21
Select nine hours from creative writing, literature, methods course for teaching assistants, or other areas of language and culture9
Hours Subtotal9
ENGL 5000 (Offered for variable credit, 1-9 credit hours, maximum of 12 credit hours.)12
Hours Subtotal12
Total Hours42

Other Degree Requirements

  • Creative Writing Requirements: As the defining focus of work toward the MFA degree, creative writing coursework makes up the majority of credit hours, in a combination of ENGL 5730: Seminar in Fiction Writing, ENGL 5740: Seminar in Poetry Writing, ENGL 6130: Studies in Fiction Writing, ENGL 6140: Studies in Poetry Writing, ENGL 6160: Studies in Creative Nonfiction, ENGL 5723: Craft and Forms of Poetry Writing or ENGL 5763: Craft and Forms of Fiction Writing, as well as thesis hours.
  • Literature Coursework Requirement: MFA students are required to take six hours of literature course work at the 5000- or 6000-level.
  • Electives: Students choose the remaining hours of coursework in consultation with their advisory committees. Course selection should take into account the student's thesis genre, artistic interests, and academic and professional goals. For instance, students interested in going on to PhD work at Oklahoma State University upon completion of the MFA would normally include courses to assist in preparing them for the first-year exam for PhD students.
  • Required Hours at 5000/6000 Level: All MFA students must complete their coursework at the 5000/6000 level.

General Graduate College Requirements

  • A minimum Grade-Point-Average of 3.00 is required
  • A minimum Grade of "C" is required in all degree applicable courses
  • No courses utilizing the Pass-No Pass grading system are permitted
  • GRAD 5082 or GRAD 5092 may not be used to meet degree requirements

Additional Graduate College Masters Degree Requirements

Plan I (coursework with thesis)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours
    • A minimum of 24 coursework credit hours comprised of:
      • 6 research or creative component credit hours
      • 21 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer hours with "B" or better)
      • 21 credit hours at 5000- or 6000-level

Plan II (coursework without thesis)

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours
    • A maximum of 3 credit hours of research or creative component
    • A minimum of 23 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer credit hours with "B" or better)
    • A minimum of 21 credit hours at the 5000- or 6000-level