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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. However, applicants with a GPA below 3.20 are encouraged to take the GRE exam to help boost eligibility.
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

Requirements consist of 48 units of course work (12 courses) and 8 units of master's thesis project. The core curriculum includes the following:

  • Four workshop courses in genre of choice
  • Two workshops course in a cross-genre in addition, students must complete the following:
  • Two graduate level literature courses from English or Comparative Literature Requirement can be met with upper-division courses in these areas, along with the apporopriate 292 course
  • Three graduate level seminars from Theatre and/or Creative Writing
  • One course in literature in translation (upper-division or graduate level) from Hispanic Studies or Comparative Literature or One additional cross-genre course
  • Thesis courses

In the areas of playwriting and screenwriting, the final written project is a full-length play of two or three acts (90-120 pages) or screenplay or teleplay (approximately 120 pages). In the areas of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, the final written project is a poetry collection, novel, short story collection, or essay collection.  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.

Normative Time to Degree Main campus: 6 quarters; PDGC Regular program 6-9 quarters.