M.A. in English with Concentration in Creative Writing

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Program Director

Mark Anderson
Associate Professor
English Department
Craig-Lee Hall 351
(401) 456-8804
(401) 456-8028

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in 24 credit hours of upper-level courses in English language and literature.
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Advanced Literature in English Examination (optional).
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from English professors.
  • A 1-2 page Statement of Intent outlining your area of writing interest, your goals for the program, and your relevant background.
  • A writing sample in your primary genre: 10-15 pages of poetry, or 15-30 pages of prose (literary fiction or literary nonfiction).
  • A plan of study approved by the advisor and appropriate dean.

Course Requirements

M.A. in English—with Concentration in Creative Writing Course Requirements

Thesis Plan

Under the thesis plan (optional for M.A. in English; required for M.A. in English with concentration in creative writing), students take ENGL 592: Master's Thesis in their final semester of study toward the M.A. degree, during which time they complete research for and write a master's thesis on a subject of their choice that has been approved by the departmental graduate committee. Students may also, as an option in a previous semester, take ENGL 591: Directed Reading in preparation for the writing of the thesis. The thesis will be written under the direction of a faculty member of the student's choice and will be read by that faculty member and by a second reader appointed by the departmental graduate committee. For M.A. in English with concentration in creative writing students, the thesis will
consist of a substantial body of poetry, fiction, nonfictional prose, or drama. A defense of the thesis before a faculty committee is required in all cases.Page

Page last updated: March 4, 2015