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Accelerated BA English (creative writing) and MA English (creative writing track)

The Department of English offers an accelerated degree program in Creative Writing, often referred to as 4+1 or the BA/MA program. The BA/MA program provides our undergraduate students in the Creative Writing Concentration the flexibility to begin taking classes toward their Master's degree in English with a track in Creative Writing during their undergraduate degree program.

The Creative Writing track under the MA in English will provide qualified students access to an outstanding and diverse faculty of teaching-writers. The track seeks to support the artistic growth of student-writers through access to writing workshops affiliated with the nationally ranked MFA program in Creative Writing while also providing clear, practical value. Students in the BA/MA program will be superiorly prepared to apply for graduate terminal degrees in the field and enhance their profile on the job market.

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BA/MA Application reading period opens: March 15, 2021

BA/MA Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

 

BA/MA Application reading period opens: March 15, 2021

BA/MA Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Application Process

  • Meet with your undergraduate academic advisor to express your interest and verify that you meet the following criteria:

    • BA English (creative writing) major, with 75 credit hours*
    • 3.4 GPA in the major, and a 3.0 GPA overall
  • Please complete the Accelerated Program Pre-Application form found on the Department Forms webpage
    • Have the Pre-Application form signed by your undergraduate advisor
    • When the form is completed and signed bring the form to the Creative Writing Program Manager in RBH 152 
  • Once you have received your advisor's approval and submitted your pre-application form to the Creative Writing Program Manager, you will be able to submit an online application to Graduate Admissions (https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp) and application fee along with the following documents:
    • 1-2 page (single-spaced) statement of purpose.
      • This document should explain how the ASU MA English (Creative Writing Track) Program fits with the applicant's long-term goals
    • CV/Resume
    • Creative writing sample in either Poetry or Fiction
      • 20 pages of poetry OR
      • 30 pages of prose (prose should be double spaced)
    • 1 letter of recommendation from a Creative Writing faculty member
      • The letter should come from a faculty member with whom you have taken an upper division (300/400 level) creative writing course 
  • The BA/MA Creative Writing admissions committee will review your file and let you know whether you have been admitted to the accelerated program shortly after the submission deadline
  • Complete and return the BA/MA Agreement Form to the Accelerated Program Coordinator before courses begin
    • *90 credits MUST be completed by the beginning of the accelerated program (first semester of senior year)

 

International Students

Proof of English Proficiency is required for our Master’s programs and can be satisfied in one of two ways

  • At least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • One of the following results on a standardized English proficiency test: (a) 100 (iBT) or 600 (PBT) or higher on the TOEFL; (b) 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. The MTESOL program will also accept a 68 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA).

I-20

It is important to remember that once you graduate from the undergraduate program and begin the graduate program, you will have to receive a new I-20. Please stay in close contact with the International Students and Scholars Center: 480-727-4776 or issc@asu.edu

    Students will complete all requirements for the BA English (Creative Writing Concentration) and for the MA English (Creative Writing Track). Done separately, these degrees involve a total of 150 credit hours (120 for the BA, then 30 for the MA); however, the accelerated BA/MA program involves 12 credit hours that are shared between the bachelor's and master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated BA/MA program is 138.

    Below is a timeline detailing how the program would work from the point of applying to graduation.  

    TimeActions
    junior year -- second semester

    Submit application for the accelerated program

    Meet with an undergraduate advisor and submit the pre-application form to the Creative Writing Program Manager.

    senior year -- first semester

    Take the following courses:

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit hours

    ENG at the 400 level

    400-level Literary Studies Course (Replaces Graduate Elective)

    3

    ENG 538

    Studies in Modern and Contemporary American Literature (Replaces Upper Division English Elective)

    3

    ENG 497

    or

    ENG 498

    Honors Colloquium

    or

    Pro-Seminar in Fiction or Poetry

    3

     

    English Upper Division Undergraduate Electives

    6

     

    Total:

    15

    Meet with an undergraduate advisor and the Creative Writing Program Manager.

    The shared ENG 400 level literature elective must be approved by the Creative Writing Program Manager.

    Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared betwen the bachelor's and master's programs.

    senior year -- second semester

    Take the following courses:

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit hours

    ENG at the 400 level

    400-level Literary Studies Course (Replaces Graduate Elective)

    3

    ENG 539

    Studies in Modernist and Postmodernist Literature and Theory (Replaces Undergradate Upper Division Course)

    3

     

    Upper Division Undergraduate Electives

    9

     

    Total:

    15

    Meet with an undergradaute advisor and the Creative Writing Program Manager.

    The shared ENG 400 level literature elective must be approved by the Creative Writing Program Manager.

    Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared betwen the bachelor's and master's programs.

    MA Creative Writing -- two semesters

    18 credit hours at the 500 or 600 level.

    Term 1 of graduate program

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit hours

    ENG 501

    Approaches to Research

    3

    ENG 594

    Graduate Workshop

    3

    ENG 584

    Internship

    3

     

                                                                             

     

     

    Total:

    9

    Term 2 of graduate program

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit hours

    ENG 593

    Applied Project

    3

    ENG 500/600 level

    Graduate Creative Writing or Literature Elective

    3

    ENG 500/600 level

    Graduate Creative Writing or Literature Elective

    3

     

    Total:

    9

     

    *If students use a 500-level language course to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement, it can satisfy one of the electives.

    Meet with the Creative Writing Program Manager.

     

    Please note that only six credit hours of 400-level coursework can be applied to the Master’s degree program.

    To begin taking coursework for the accelerated BA/MA program, students must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours towards their BA.

    *Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to approval of the MA Literature director.  (Language Requirements).

    Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.