English: Creative Writing, MFA

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Total Hours: 42

Required Courses
Craft and Forms
Select 3 hours from the following:3
Craft and Forms of Prose
Craft and Forms of Poetry
Seminar in Creative Nonfiction
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
Twelve hours from:12
Master's Thesis 12 hours limited to MFA
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.
  • Thesis Hours: Only MFA students may use up to 12 hours of ENGL 5000 on their Plan of Study.

Graduate College Master's Program Requirements

Learn more about Graduate College 2023-2024 Master’s Degree Program Requirements. Check the General Graduate College academic regulations for minimal GPA, language proficiency and other general requirements.