Requirements for Graduation
All students must take, for a total of 60 points for the MFA degree:
In general, students should not take the Thesis Workshop in the term in which they intend to turn in their thesis. If you wish to do so, you must receive permission from the concentration director.
Seminars and lectures are open to all students, with the following exceptions and provisos: only Poetry students may take the Practice of Poetry seminar and preference is given to Nonfiction students for the Research Seminar.
Independent Study and Internships
Independent study courses and internships for credit count as electives; they may not be used to satisfy other graduation requirements. No more than 6 credits of independent study or 3 credits earned by an internship may count towards the 60 points required for graduation. Internships for credit are offered by a number of magazines, publishers, and New York City literary organizations.
An internship (course number R6401) requires the approval of the chair or the administrative director following submission of a written proposal (including the name of the supervisor); students must demonstrate that the internship will provide substantial literary experience (i.e., an internship with a literary magazine in which the student evaluates and edits manuscripts would count, while one where the student primarily answers the phone and does clerical work would not). Each internship requires a written evaluation by the supervisor, to be submitted to the administrative director.
Internships usually require 15-20 hours of work per week. For a one-semester internship, students are therefore expected to work a total of 195-260 hours. From one to three points may be earned for one semester's internship, depending on the hours worked, the student's needs, and the Chairman's discretion. An internship may extend over two semesters, provided the student works a minimum of 110 hours per semester.
An independent study (course number R6400) requires that the student find a faculty member to work with. Please note that faculty availability for independent studies is very limited, and approvals are highly selective. It is strongly suggested that you approach an instructor with a clear plan - in writing - for what you wish to do and what you would expect from him or her. Each independent study requires a minimum of three meetings and written work as mutually agreed upon. The number of credits earned (between one and six) depends upon the amount work, the student's needs, and the Chairman's discretion.
The following regulations apply unless otherwise stated in writing:
Failure to comply with any of the above may result in failure for the course.