Creative Writing Degree Programs

B.A. in English Language & Literature with Creative Writing Concentration

The Department of English Language and Literature offers two basic programs: liberal arts and teaching. Within each of these broad programs there are still additional choices, including the World Literature, Creative Writing, or an emphasis on secondary or elementary English education. Each program requires between 39 and 42 hours for a major and 24 to 27 hours for a minor, depending on the choice and emphasis.

Students who elect to major or minor in English should declare this intention before the end of their sophomore year. Junior transfer students should declare during their first semester on campus. The department assigns advisors to aid students in their major/minor program planning and to authorize programs for graduation and teacher preparation.

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M.A. in English Language & Literature with Creative Writing Concentration

To become a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, a student must have an undergraduate major or minor in English with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants must submit a statement of intent and a writing portfolio.

For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85, are required for admission.

The application procedure is as follows:

  1. Fill out the application for admission to the Graduate College.
  2. Request transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work attempted from all institutions attended (the Graduate College will pull CMU transcripts).
  3. Write a 1-2 page statement of intent: what you hope to do with the degree, what you hope to learn, what current strengths you now have, etc. This will give us some insight into how to develop a program of study that will meet with your expectations.
  4. Provide the money requested by the Graduate College as a fee. All 4 of these items go directly to the Graduate College (with the application form).
  5. Develop a portfolio which meets your requirements: 15 pages for poetry, 30 for fiction. Send two copies of your portfolio and a brief cover letter to:

Graduate Studies Coordinator
English Department 
215 Anspach
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

If the portfolio is submitted at the same time as the application, the admission process will be quicker.

Degree Requirements

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