M.F.A in Creative Writing

The MFA Program in Creative Writing curriculum is 36 credits, totaling 12 courses. The program is designed for students to complete in 2 years. Courses include: 

12 Workshop credits (4 courses)

6 Thesis credits (2 courses)

18 elective credits (6 courses)


First-year Fall: Workshop + 2 electives

First-year Spring: Workshop + 2 electives

Second-year Fall: Workshop + Thesis Independent Study + 1 elective 

Second-year Spring: Workshop + Thesis in Conference + 1 elective



Students may transfer up to 12 graduate level literature credits from an accredited institution only if they’ve completed a graduate degree at that institution. Transferred credits must have earned a B or better grade.

Students must complete 12 credits at Rutgers before transferring eligible credits.



Learning Goals

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate a high level of ability to write and complete a revised, full-length work of literature in a primary genre concentration in either Fiction or Poetry.

Goal 2: By graduation, students will be able to write critically about structure, craft, and literary traditions of the work of various published authors.

Goal 3: Students are prepared for entry into the public life of literature, which includes locating their own work in the context of contemporary literary practice, preparing their work according to professional standards, teaching English composition and/or creative writing, and participating in diverse literary communities.


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