The Rutgers-Camden MFA comprises 39 total credits, or 14 courses:

Five creative writing workshops* (15 credits)
Our workshops are small, personal, and productive.Two of the workshops may be taken at the Summer Writers’ Conferences. In keeping with our multi-genre approach, at least two workshops will be in your genre of concentration, and at least one will be in different genre.

Three literature classes (9 credits)
Our world-class scholarly faculty is at your disposal, and we allow you to pursue your literary interests by taking classes in our graduate program in English.

Three craft classes* (9 credits)
Craft classes are literature classes taught from the writer’s perspective. In these classes, we examine the techniques published writers use to create their successful works. Offerings include:

  • Writing the Child
  • Translation
  • The Long Poem
  • Worldwide Weird: Global Fantasy and Surrealism
  • Intensive study in Point of View

Thesis Independent Study (3 credits)

The thesis independent study is a semester-long course that allows you to work one-on-one with the professor of your choice to prepare your final project for graduation and publication.

One elective (3 credits)
Interested in botany? Want to write about a physicist or a history professor? Take a linguistics class, a foreign language, a criminal justice class or a class in the fine arts. We encourage you to branch out, try a new subject – and thus enhance the world you write about. The possibilities are endless.

Transferring credits

You may transfer up to twelve graduate-level credits toward your MFA at Rutgers-Camden. For more information, please see the Application for Transfer of Credit Guidelines.  

*Students who came into the program in 2013 or prior have the option of completing the degree with the old distribution requirements (6 writing workshops and 2 craft classes) OR with the new distribution requirements (5 writing workshops and 3 craft classes). It is entirely up to each student; we will honor either distribution chosen.  

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