Degree Requirements

Students must complete the following in order to graduate from the program:

  • Earn 44 credit hours (Note: each MFA course is worth 11 credit hours; all MFA courses are Pass/Fail.)
  • The final project including proposal with an electronic and a physical copy submitted to the MFA office
  • Annotated encounter list (may include books, films, artworks, songs, etc)
  • Craft-focused open studio and/or panel discussion, presented during the fifth (partial) residency
  • Final performance, presented during the fifth (partial) residency

The first full day of each residency is dedicated to engaging with and celebrating the work of our graduating students. Their wonderful range of presentations and performances provides an excellent learning opportunity for incoming and current students while showcasing the range of final project possibilities. Program guidelines and expectations are outlined below.

Final Project Course 

During their fourth semester, students enroll in either ENCW 618 (Prose: Final Project Course) or ENCW 619 (Poetry in the Expanded Field: Final Project Course). Intended as a capstone to the MFA experience, students in this course create a final project that showcases their work while developing skills to articulate their own creative goals and projects. The final project can be a logical extension or revision of previous work or a new project, that can be realized within the given time frame. Moving through the process of proposing and realizing a specific project will assist students as working artists and writers, who will be expected to write grants, book proposals, query letters, exhibition proposals, and more.

Final Project Proposal and Reading List

As part of this course, students submit a final project proposal as one of the documents in their first packet. The proposal should be no more than four pages in length and should discuss the issues or themes that the creative work will address; the traits of genre, form, and craft that are most important to the project; and a few artistic/literary works that inform the student’s understanding of the project. The proposal should also include a short list of readings/works that the student plans on engaging with over the semester. Note: We understand that projects change, often considerably, after the proposal stage.

Beginning Summer/Fall 2018, students will submit a copy of their final project proposal to the MFA Program office within two weeks after their initial submission. This will allow time to incorporate faculty feedback. For Summer/Fall 2019, this date is August 8, 2019.

Final Project and Annotated Encounter List

As part of their fourth and final submission of the semester, students should submit their final project, the material, size, length and format of which will be determined in conversation with your faculty member. Students are also required to submit an annotated bibliography of at least twenty-five works that you’ve engaged with over the course of your time in the MFA program.

Submitting Your Final Project and Encounter List

Before the beginning of the residency at which you will graduate, submit both an electronic and physical copy of your final project to the MFA Program. You can submit the electronic version via email and the physical copy via mail to the Stetson English Department. Note: Students retain complete copyright to their creative materials. The electronic and physical copies will be filed in the MFA of the Americas program office (not the Stetson library), for accreditation and assessment purposes only.

Craft-focused Panel Discussion/Open Studio

In order to receive their degree, all students must present a craft talk and final performance to an audience of faculty and peers. The craft talks may be held as open studios (e.g., Atlantic Center for the Arts, January 2020) or as a panel discussion (e.g., Mexico City, Mexico, June 2020). The specific format will be determined in conversation with the cohort. Regardless of format, each student should prepare a thirteen to 15-minute talk about their project, honing in specifically on aspects of craft and making. After the presentations, students and faculty will have an opportunity to ask the graduating students about their work. 

Final Reading/Performance

The first full day of the residency will feature graduating student performances. Students should prepare a 10 to 13-minute engagement, with one to two minutes for contextualizing.