MA with creative thesis
You may apply to submit a substantial work of poetry or fiction as a creative project for the MA thesis in English. However, we caution that permission is needed to undertake the creative option. We cannot promise that admission to the MA in English, nor completion of Creative Writing classes at this or any other university, guarantees permission to pursue the Creative Writing project.
We do encourage you to continue writing and to continue applying for Creative Writing courses at the graduate level.
Submit a substantial portfolio of previous work during your graduate program application (published work, five to eight short poems or one to two short stories, chapters of a novel, or a combination of poetry and prose).
Outline critical awareness of the approach you expect to take.
If the proposal is for poetry, you must present a critical discussion of the proposed work, calling attention elements like themes, verse-forms, groups of poems, experimental or traditional approaches, etc.
If the proposal is for fiction, you must present a critical discussion of possible approaches to characterization, theme, point of view, narrative stance, experimental or traditional approaches.
The finished product must have an introduction or afterword, normally of 20–30 pages, showing some critical awareness of the approach taken.
The average length of a poetry project is normally about fifty pages. Fiction projects are normally about one hundred and fifty pages.