Saturday, June 24, 2006

Boston University

Wishing in Winnipeg writes in...

Does Boston U have the only one year MFA in Creative Writing in the US?
What is your opinion on a one-year MFA? I have a job, and could possibly
get a one year leave of absence. To do a two year program I'd have to quit.
So far all the one year programs I have found are overseas.

Well first of all, Boston U is an M.A., not an MFA. I just looked through the MFA Handbook (albeit, while I was watching the World Cup), and the only other one year program I found is Milwaukee-Wisconsin, which is a one to two year M.A.

Thinking about your situation, WiW, it makes sense to apply. You can go for a year, get a degree, and see if you want to go on for an MFA elsewhere.

Otherwise, you might look into the many Low-Residency MFAs if you can't leave your job. I hope this is helpful.

Anyone else have thoughts about Boston University?

11 comments:

katharine said...

Johns Hopkins has a one year program--an MA, I think. It's small, maybe ten people; I know one person who loved it and another who was ambivalent.

katharine said...

Johns Hopkins has a one year program--an MA, I think. It's small, maybe ten people; I know one person who loved it and another who was ambivalent.

Peter J Gloviczki '06: CIS Journalistic Ethics said...

U.Chicago also has a one-year MA in Humanities (Creative Writing Option)

Ali said...

Johns Hopkins no longer has that one year MA, they've replaced it with a 2 year MFA called the Writing Seminars. They offer an MA through the Advanced Academic Programs which is for people who are working full time. It has completely different professors and an separate application process from the MFA. The part time program only allows you to take 2 classes max per semester. The MFA is based in Baltimore while classes for the MA are offered in DC, Baltimore, and Rockville, MD.

jkt25 said...

Although Boston University's program is a MA, it is considered a terminal degree (equivalent to an MFA) and is the last remaining such program in the country (according to them).

leander said...

jkt25 is correct, Boston's degree is a terminal degree. Boston U's MA program requires 8 courses, 4 writing workshops and 4 literature/elective courses. This is identical to MFA programs at Michigan, Brown and Johns Hopkins to name just a few. The only real difference is the degree name and the 1 year residency verses the 2 years.

Christin said...

On BU's website, it says that they are, "a small, intensive one-year MFA program."

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