Degree Requirements: Poetry

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M.F.A. students emphasizing in poetry complete a collection of poetry as well as take part in an intensive critical study of the form.

Poetry majors complete:

  • A thesis of 48–60 pages comprising a complete book or chapbook of poetry (a complete manuscript is recommended).
    • Form and style of poetry is entirely up to the writer.
  • An extensive study of craft and literature — approximately 10-15 books per quarter and several critical papers per month.
    • Accompanied by extensive lectures,  both online and during residency.
    • Reading list devised in consultation with your professor based on the literature directly related to your creative aims.
  • All students lecture during their final residency on a topic relevant to their course of study as part of their Professional Development curriculum.
    • Topic will reflect course of study, creative work or area of interest and usually be reflective of their cumulative critical papers.
  • Each student writes three longer critical works — two 10 page papers and one 20 page paper — based on an area of interest in their cumulative readings, creative work, and outside study.