Degree Requirements | Master of Fine Arts in Writing

First Semester & Second Semester

  • Residency review
  • Creative work in one’s genre (or, during the second semester, in a second genre if approved by the Academic Board)
  • A bibliography of approximately 20 works
  • Reading commentaries on 12-15 works
  • Written midterm and semester assessments

Third Semester

  • Residency review
  • Creative work in one’s genre
  • An annotated bibliography of approximately 20 works
  • A critical essay on work by published authors
  • Written midterm and semester assessments

Thesis Semester

  • Residency review
  • Creative work to complete manuscript requirement of the final thesis project
  • An annotated bibliography of approximately 20 works
  • Preparation of presentation to be given during the final residency
  • Preparation of a 15-minute reading of original work to be given during the final residency
  • Preparation for the thesis review that takes place during the final residency
  • Submission of complete thesis to faculty and program archive
  • Written midterm and semester assessments

Fifth Residency

  • Thesis Review
  • Graduate Presentation
  • Graduate Reading
  • Submission of the bound thesis, when approved, for the Pacific University Library