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 is 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, who advises the student for their final two semesters in the program. Candidates for the MFA are examined on their final projects by a committee of three faculty members, including the adviser and one faculty member from outside the MFA faculty.

Students in the program in creative writing may choose at their option to give a public presentation of their work. Installments of our MFA student reading series are held in various locations around Tuscaloosa.


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 theĀ UA Graduate Catalog.