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2018-19 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 25, 2022  
2018-19 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Creative Writing/English, M.F.A./M.A.

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About the Program

Program Highlights

  • Two degrees earned over three years.
  • Preparation for teaching creative writing, literature, and composition at the college level.

About the Dual Degree

Students enrolled in the dual-degree program take MFA and MA courses concurrently for the first two years. Once the MFA course work is completed after the second academic year, students then complete the remainder of their MA courses. Students are enrolled full-time for the duration of their time in the program, and are eligible to be Graduate Assistants for each of their three years. Full-time status for GA eligibility is nine-credits each semester.

Admission Requirements

Dual degree applicants must be accepted to both the MFA and MAE programs.  Dual-degree students are eligible for the same financial aid opportunities as those in the MA and MFA programs.

Applicants should not submit two separate applications. When filling out the online application, please make sure to select “MFA/MAE Dual-Degree.”

The following requirements must be met:

  1. A graduate application, including a personal statement, which should be completed online at
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. The undergraduate major should be in one of the traditional liberal arts or in a professional or pre-professional field and accompanied by strong undergraduate training in English.
  3. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
  5. A personal interview with either or both program directors, if so requested. 
  6. Writing samples, as requested on the application. Additional samples may be requested before a decision is made.
  7. International applicants should visit for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English- speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required. 

All application materials must be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management. 


The priority deadline for admission in the fall is March 1. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after that, as space allows, through August 1. After August 1, all applications will be considered for the following fall.

Note: The MFA program begins with the first residency in mid-August. MA courses begin, and MFA courses continue, with the start of the fall semester.


2018-2019 Tuition: $750 per credit


  • Registration: $50 per semester

  • Technology: $50 per semester

  • Parking: $50 per semester or $100 per year (Fall and Spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.

Financial Aid

Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit for information regarding available aid options and visit to complete required forms online.  

Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Student Employment

Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Student Employment  may be availble to graduate students registered for at least 9 credits per semester, or 6 credits throughout the summer session. Students may apply for assistantships/graduate student employment upon acceptance and registration. Questions regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at 215-572-2925. 

Federal Loans

Graduate students are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan programs provided they are taking at least 6 credits per semester (in the summer, 6 credits over all summer sessions combined satisfies this requirement).  For more information, visit 

All financial aid paperwork not submitted online should be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management/Financial Aid. Please email or call 1-877- ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342) with additional questions. 

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to six graduate credits to count towards the MA program with approval from the Director of the Graduate Program in English. Up to three credits may be accepted toward the MFA program.

Note: Transfer credits cannot be part of a prior degree

Degree Requirements

Dual degree students complete all the required workshops, practicums, residencies, and craft courses for the MFA program (36 credits), as well as a reduced number of required courses,but  including the foundation courses, of the MA program (33 credits). Students will consult regularly with the director of each program in order to make sure they are on track to complete the dual degrees on time. Please see individual M.F.A. In Creative Writing   and English, M.A.  catalog listings for specific course offerings and descriptions.

First Year Course Sequence


  • M.F.A.: Residency I (3 Credits)


  • M.F.A.: Workshop I & Practicum I (6 Credits)
  • M.A.: EN 500 (3 Credits)


  • M.F.A.: Workshop II & Practicum II (6 Credits)
  • M.A.: Course of student’s choice (3 Credits)

Second Year Course Sequence


  • M.F.A.: Craft course (3 Credits) & Residency II in Edinburgh (3 Credits)
  • M.A.: Course of student’s choice (3 Credits)


  • M.F.A.: Workshop III & Practicum III (6 Credits)
  • M.A.: Course of student’s choice (3 Credits)


  • M.F.A.: Residency III, Workshop IV, & Practicum IV (9 Credits)
  • M.A.: Course of student’s choice (3 Credits)

Third Year


  • M.A.: Courses of student’s choice (3 Credits)


  • M.A.: Courses of student’s choice (9 Credits)


  • M.A.: Courses of student’s choice (9 Credits)

Total credit hours: 69

The programs, if done separately, would require 75 credits.

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