Creative Writing Program

Program Requirements

The Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama offers a lively and innovative 48-hour course of study culminating in the MFA degree.

The MFA thesis and its oral defense are required of all degree candidates. While this final project usually consists of a book-length manuscript, theses that are not strictly print-based may also be submitted. Thesis projects are prepared under the direction of a thesis adviser. Candidates for the MFA are examined on their final projects by a committee of four faculty members.

Students in the program in creative writing give a presentation of a significant portion of their own written work produced while in residence. In this public reading/performance, the student exhibits his or her work before an audience of peers, faculty, and the general public. Installments of our MFA student reading series are held in various locations around Tuscaloosa, while the introductions themselves are always an unexpected verbal, visual or theatrical event.


Candidates for the MFA degree are required to spend a minimum of two semesters in residence and to complete 48 hours of graduate-level coursework. Half of all coursework must be at the 600 level.

Learn more about required courses and general degree requirements in the UA Graduate Catalog.