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Admission Criteria
Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution and submit letters of recommendation, a self-statement, and a project proposal. Applications are accepted for the Fall quarter only.
Please note that admission into this program DOES NOT require the GRE exam.
To view complete admission criteria for the University of California, Riverside please visit http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admissions.html

The "Writing Sample"
Applicants to the program should demonstrate significant professional skill by submitting in manuscript form one of the following: 10-15 pages of poetry, a maximum of 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction, or the first act or a maximum of 25 pages of a screenplay or play.

How do I Apply?
For general information on application fees, deadlines, supplementary documentation and to access the online application please visit http://graduate.ucr.edu/domestic.html

Requirements for Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts

Students are admitted into the program to study in one genre of emphasis: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, or playwriting.

A minimum of 56 units is required for graduation. The core curriculum includes the following:

  • 4 workshops in chosen genre (16 Units)
  • Professional development course, CWPA 201 - The Writer's Life (4 units)
  • 2 graduate seminars from Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (8 Units)
  • 2 graduate Seminars from any department(s) outside of Theatre and Creative Writing. Seminar subject matter should be relevant to student's thesis project. Requirement can be met with upper-division courses, with instructor and graduate advisor approval, as an appropriate 292 course (8 Units)
  • Thesis (8 Units)
  • 3 Electives (12 Units) in workshop, graduate seminar or thesis, with the following limitations: Students may take a maximum of six workshops (24 units) within their chosen genre, and a maximum of 16 thesis units within the normative to degree (six terms).  All cross-genre workshops require prior instructor approval.

Thesis project: In dramatic writing, the thesis project is a full-length play of two or three acts, or a screenplay or teleplay. In the areas of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, the thesis is a poetry collection, novel, short story collection, novella, memoir, essay collection or other book-length non-fiction project. Each student is paired with one or two faculty members who serve as the thesis advisor(s). Two faculty readers, in addition to the advisor(s), evaluate the thesis work.

The length of the thesis breaks down as follows: Poetry 40 – 65 pages, Fiction 100- 150 pages, Creative Non-fiction 100 – 150 pages, Screenplay, Teleplay or Play 90 – 130 pages.

Normative Time to Degree: 6 quarters.

For more information, please visit the MFA program website: http://writingmfa.ucr.edu