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 Converse Willkomm

Director, Graduate Publishing Program

Carla Spataro

Director, Graduate Creative Writing Program