[The College of Liberal Arts]

 | Creative Writing at Temple University


Program Description

Temple University offers an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, with a focus on either fiction or poetry. (Read a special letter to poets.)

The writing component of the two-year M.F.A. degree features small, intensive workshops in poetry or fiction, supplemented in the second year by one-on-one tutorials with resident faculty. Students engage in the historical and formal study of the genres of fiction and poetry by choosing from a selection of graduate courses in English and American literature.

The curriculum includes special topics classes in creative writing, courses in the craft of fiction and poetry, and a creative thesis in the second year. A series of readings from prominent visiting writers and consultations with writers-in-residence augment the coursework.

Students also have the opportunity to work on our online literary journal, TINGE Magazine, which is graduate student–edited.

A limited number of fellowships and teaching assistantships are available. The deadline for application is December 15.


Degree requirements for the M.F.A. program:

This is a two-year, 33-credit program. The curricular requirements are as follows:

• Four fiction workshops or four poetry workshops, three credits each, one each semester. 12 credits

• One tutorial, one-on-one with a resident faculty mentor. 3 credits

• One special topics in creative writing course. 3 credits

• One course focused on issues of craft in either fiction or poetry. 3 credits*

• Two literature courses drawn from the graduate offerings, three credits each. 6 credits

• One elective course, which may include the composition practicum (required of students funded with a teaching assistantship); a literature course in the graduate program; a graduate course in another department. 3 credits**

• Master’s project (thesis). 3 credits

• Comprehensive examination in either poetry or fiction, consisting of a 10–15-page paper

* In special circumstances, poetry students may substitute a literature, arts, or writing-related course for the craft class. This would require the permission of the student’s advisor and the Creative Writing director; approval will take into account the student’s entire course of study.  

** As the program also values the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration, courses offered within the School of Communications and Theater (including Film and Media Arts), Boyer School of Music and Dance and the Tyler School of the Arts may be used to fulfill this elective.

Students admitted to the M.F.A. program with funding must attend full time. Students admitted to the M.F.A. program without funding may attend part time.


The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English
Temple University | 1114 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090 | P: 215.204.1796 | F: 215.204.2662