The Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree in creative writing. M.F.A. students at West Virginia University study within a three-year academic/studio program that combines an apprenticeship to the craft with more traditionally academic elements. This approach seeks to train students in ways that reflect the realities of the writer/artist’s evolving role in the academy. Because writers, when hired to teach, are often asked to handle a variety of courses beyond the creative writing workshop, the academic/studio format requires students to take literature and pedagogy courses in addition to writing workshops.
Thus, the M.F.A. is both an academic and a professional degree. As part of WVU’s comprehensive Center for Writing Excellence, this degree allows students to prepare for careers in teaching or professional writing/editing. Our objective is to nurture and mentor the many
Writers in the region seeking professional training. We also intend to attract student writers from all over the country to West Virginia for the opportunity to live and write in this culturally rich state and to work with our faculty. The ultimate goal is to produce writers who will publish literature and contribute to the culture; a secondary goal is to offer practical skills and opportunities to writers interested in pursuing writing-related professions.
More Information can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook .
M.F.A. application information is here.
You can also visit the Creative Writing homepage.