WHAT IS AN MFA PROJECT?
An MFA project provides prose students an alternative to the comprehensive exam taken by poetry students. The project is a student-designed endeavor that must be completed at any time during the MFA and prior to degree conferral.
WHAT ARE THE DEPARTMENT’S EXPECTATIONS FOR AN MFA PROJECT?
MFA projects should be thoughtfully planned, proposed and completed, and are intended to enhance a student’s growth as a writer. Although subject matter and form vary greatly, the magnitude of the project should be comparable to the 20-author bibliography and exam undertaken by poetry students. An MFA project should complement a student's program of study, aligning with his or her academic and career goals. Because MFA projects vary so widely, there are no length requirements. Students may receive university credit for their projects but must then meet the university’s guidelines for independent studies, including the prerequisite of at least 15 graduate credit hours already earned. Most students opt not to complete the MFA project for credit, and so do not need to meet these guidelines. All projects should be timed to benefit a student's individual development as a writer.
Some commonly completed MFA projects are listed below. Students are not limited to these projects.
MFA PROJECTS: COMPLETED AND IN-PROGRESS
Below are recent examples of MFA projects undertaken by our students:
- An examination of the transition from print media to electronic media and its effect on a reader's experience, especially while completing a thesis and blogging
-An in-depth look at online publishing with a discussion of artistic sustainability, and strategies for staying involved in the world of online publication after graduation
-A project that focuses on both the time spent as a reader for Phoebe and the submission process to Phoebe and other journals
-A summary of Fall for the Book Festival-related work, problems encountered, and advice for future FFTB volunteers
Step-by-Step: Proposal to Completion:
STEP 1: PROPOSE A PROJECT
Fill out the project proposal cover sheet and submit it to our Graduate Academic Coordinator, Jay Patel, as an email attachment or in hard copy form. MFA projects are typically proposed during a student's second year of study.
STEP 2: COMPLETE THE PROJECT
MFA projects must be completed prior to a student's planned conferral date. Typically, MFA projects are proposed in the second year and completed in the third year, but this timeline is not mandatory.
STEP 3: SUBMIT THE COMPLETED PROJECT
Unless otherwise specified in the project proposal, a hard copy of the MFA project must be submitted to the Graduate Academic Coordinator, Jay Patel. The project will be passed to the Director for approval. Once the project is approved, paperwork will be processed to show that the student has met the MFA project requirement.
Students completing the MFA project for credit should inform the Graduate Academic Coordinator, Jay Patel, when taking the independent study associated with the project. Upon completion of the independent study, paperwork will be processed to show that the student has met the MFA project requirement.