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Butler University Bulletin

English Graduate Programs

MA Program

The English MA program offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue one of two possible advanced paths of study. In the thesis track, MA students complete 24 semester hours of coursework and 6 semester hours of MA thesis work. In the non-thesis track, students complete 36 semester hours of course work. Individuals who complete this degree should expect to acquire a rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of professional literary analysis, criticism, and research.

MFA in Creative Writing

Butler’s MFA in Creative Writing is a 36-hour studio program designed for students seeking to enhance their creative and professional proficiency in the literary arts. The program features 10 3-credit courses and 6 hours of formal thesis work with an advisor. We offer workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, electives in screenwriting, teaching creative writing, alternative forms, graphic novel, young adult fiction, poetic craft, and literary editing and publishing. Students can also take upper-level courses in English, or in other departments, as part of their education.

The program features access to a combination of top-flight, full-time faculty and prominent visiting faculty, including the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence. Through the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series, students attend readings and small question-and-answer sessions with nationally and internationally recognized writers. The program also operates a literary magazine, Booth (, which offers students a variety of editorial and teaching mentorship opportunities, and sponsors a rich variety of community programs through the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing.

View the MFA in Creative Writing Course Catalog