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MFA Requirements

Pine Manor College offers a low-residency program leading to a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with concentrations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or writing for children and young adults. Students must complete 60 hours of work over four semesters, which includes five, ten-day on-campus residencies. During each residency, which occur in July and January, students attend workshops, readings, lectures, panel discussions, and craft classes. After each residency, students complete an intense, six-month semester of writing, reading, and study, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor via mail and email.

Third-semester students also have the opportunity to pursue an applied-track internship in arts administration and community programming, pedagogy and literacy studies, or publishing as part of their research for the major critical essay. During the fourth, creative-thesis semester, students work closely with faculty mentors to revise work created during the MFA Program with the goal of producing a book-length manuscript. The fifth and final graduating residency requires the presentation of a 60-minute lecture or course in the students’ specialized area or track, developed in her/his critical essay. In addition, graduating students deliver a 15-minute public reading from their creative thesis.

Visit the MFA pages for more information and an application.