University of Texas-Pan American

The College of Arts and Humanities

MFA Creative Writing

Address:

1201 West University Drive

1201 W. University Drive

Edinburg, TX 78539

United States

Phone:

1-956-381-3466

Fax:

1-956-381-2434

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MFA Creative Writing

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MFA in English/Creative Writing is a 42-hour program of advanced study and practice of literary craft. This studio/research program provides aspiring writers with the ongoing support and challenge of a workshop environment, along with individualized guidance by faculty members who are published authors themselves. The objective of this degree program is to prepare students for careers as writers, teachers at the college or university level, editors, literary translators, and other related professional careers. The program provides further training in the art of contemporary literary writing and publishing, the artistic inspiration of other writers as peers and mentors, and a deepened understanding and appreciation of literary traditions, including those of the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere. The program's small workshop sizes concentrate student energies, promote success, and encourage a sense of community. The program offers concentrations in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Literary Translation (Spanish/ English), Playwriting and Screenwriting. Course requirements include 12 hours of studio workshops, six hours in the scholarly study of literary form and theory, ENG 6325-Studies in Composition Techniques or ENG 6330 - Becoming a Creative Writing Professional, and nine hours of literature electives. Six hours of free electives will be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. In their final year in the program, students will prepare a creative thesis (ENG 7300 and ENG 7301) consisting of a manuscript in their chosen genre along with a critical introduction. ENG 6330 - Becoming a Creative Writing Professional, and nine hours of literature electives. Six hours of free electives will be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. In their final year in the program, students will prepare a creative thesis (ENG 7300 and ENG 7301) consisting of a manuscript in their chosen genre along with a critical introduction.

Accreditation:

Test of English as Foreign language (TOEFL) - A minimum score of 500 (173 for computer based test) is required for all international students from countries whose native language is not English. Test scores must be sent directly to the University of Texas-Pan American from the Testing Agency. Copies of TOEFL scores sent by the applicant are not acceptable. Additional University Admission Requirements, required supporting materials and application procedure are indicated in the Application form.

International Student Requirements:

Test of English as Foreign language (TOEFL) - A minimum score of 500 (173 for computer based test) is required for all international students from countries whose native language is not English. Test scores must be sent directly to the University of Texas-Pan American from the Testing Agency. Copies of TOEFL scores sent by the applicant are not acceptable. Additional University Admission Requirements, required supporting materials and application procedure are indicated in the Application form.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 42 hours

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $393.79 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 4968 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 11340 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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