Double Degree Option

The MFA in Creative Writing/MA in Publishing Degree offers students the opportunity to get the best of both programs in a compressed time frame. Students will leave the double degree program with both a full-length creative work and a corresponding and supportive capstone project. Students will focus their studies on one concentration for each discipline:
MFA ProgramPublishing Program
Creative Non-FictionBusiness of Publishing
Short Fiction Children's & Young Adult
Novel WritingDesign
Dramatic WritingEditorial
Writing for Children & Young Adults 

*Students can complete the degree in as little as three years. Students will not be allowed to complete thesis/capstone in less than one calendar year, but have up to two calendar years to complete it (without incurring additional tuition/fee charges).

Additional Information

Degree Requirements


Students will take the following classes to earn the double degree:
  • 21 MFA/Major Course credits (7 classes)
    • 4 writing workshop classes
    • 3 Literature Classes
  • 21 Publishing Class credits (7 classes)
    • 3 Required Classes
        • GPP 7200 Publishing Overview
        • GPP 7345 Design Studio
        • GPP 7000 Intro to ePub
    • 4 Classes in a Chosen Concentration (12 credits)
  • 4 Elective Classes (12 credits)
    • 2 from each Program
  • 1 Double Thesis (6 credits)
    • The thesis must be both a creative work and a capstone work to showcase the publishing skills the student has gained through his/her graduate experience.
    • Students will have a maximum of 2 calendar years to complete the double thesis.
TOTAL 60 Credits

Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

For students applying directly to both programs, the following admissions materials must be submitted:

  • Undergraduate & Graduate Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Creative Writing Sample
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Academic/Critical Writing Sample
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

For students already enrolled in the Creative Writing Program:

  • Statement of Purpose

For students already enrolled in the Publishing Program (M.A. degree vs. ePub Cert):

  • Creative Writing Sample
*There is no application fee for students already enrolled in one of the programs.

For More Information

Anne Willkomm

Director, Graduate Publishing Program

Carla Spataro

Director, Graduate Creative Writing Program