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MFA | Courses

Updated 9/1/17

For course descriptions please see the UCSD General Catalog and the Literature Department's quarterly course descriptions. Graduate seminars are numbered 200-299. MFA students must take seminars for a "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" grade when possible.

History and Theory Seminars

  • LTTH 250 - Writing and Theory (4 units)
  • LTTH 255 - Modern Art Movements and Aesthetics (4)  

Literature Graduate Seminars

  • LTWR 220 - Topics in Writing (4 units)
  • LTWR 298 - Special Projects: Writing Course (1-4)
  • Any Literature Department PhD graduate seminar (#200-299)
  • Upper-division undergraduate seminars in Literature (#100-194), with prior permission from MFA director) (*)

(*) You may seek permission from the MFA director to take upper-division undergraduate seminars related to your research interests if no comparable graduate seminars are available. Additional guidelines apply. Refer to the Current Students section for guidelines or seek advising from the MFA graduate coordinator. 

Art Practice or Theory Seminars Outside of Literature

  • VIS 211 - Fact and Fiction (4)
  • VIS 212 - History and Memory (4)
  • VIS 213 - Public Space (4)
  • VIS 215 - Human Interface (4)
  • VIS 216 - The Object (4)
  • Graduate seminars and upper-division courses in other academic departments, with prior permission from the MFA director (*)

See the General Catalog and departmental websites for course descriptions.

(*) You may take graduate seminars in other academic disciplines related to your research interests (also upper-division undergraduate seminars when comparable graduate seminars are not available) with prior approval from the MFA director. Additional guidelines apply. Refer to the Current Students section for guidelines or seek advising from the MFA graduate coordinator. 

Writing Workshop

  • LTWR 215 - Cross-Genre Workshop (4)

Apprentice Teaching

  • CAT 500 – Apprentice Teaching / Sixth College (4)
  • DOC 500 – Apprentice Teaching / Marshall College (4)
  • LTWL 500 – Apprentice Teaching in Literature (2 or 4)
  • MCWP 500 – Apprentice Teaching / Muir College (4)
  • MMW 501 – Teaching / Making of Modern World Roosevelt College (1-4)
  • REV 500 – Apprentice Teaching / Revelle College (4)
  • WCWP 500 – Apprentice Teaching / Warren College (4)

MFA Thesis Research

  • LTWR 295 - MFA Thesis (1-12)

MFA in Writing


Program Director
Anna Joy Springer

Graduate Coordinator
Tania Mayer
139 Literature Building
(858) 534-8849
mfawriting@ucsd.edu

Application Period
Sep. 5 - Dec. 14, 2017

Decision Notifications
February - March 2018

Program Begins
September 2018