The Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing MFA program is 100% online. This online format is convenient and flexible, allowing you to learn from anywhere in the world according to your own schedule. There are no residency requirements. 


This program requires 36 credit hours, including:

  • 16 credits of writing workshop
  • 8 credits of literature courses
  • 8 credits of publishing courses
  • 4 credits of master’s thesis
Writing Workshop Courses: (16 credits Required)*
Number Course Credits
PF 610 Writing Workshop in Popular Fiction 4
PF 612 Topics in Writing Workshop in Popular Fiction 4

*These workshops are repeatable.

Literature Courses: (8 credits required)
Number Course Credits
PF 615 Seminar in Popular Fiction 4
PF 616 Topics in the History of Popular Forms 4

Note: Students may take PF 616 more than once. In certain cases, WR 600: Teaching College Composition may be taken on campus in place of one literature class.

Publishing Courses: (8 credits required)
Number Course Credits
PF 630 Introduction to the Publishing Process for Writers 4
PF 631 Topics in Writing and Publishing 4
PF 686 Book Design and Production 4

MFA Thesis: (4 credits)

For completion of the MFA degree, you are required to write a long-form narrative of publishable or near publishable quality. The thesis will consist of a novel or a novel excerpt that is a minimum of 100 pages with a 3-4 page synopsis. When nearing completion of the program, a student applies for a thesis committee and works closely with the chair of that committee to develop the final manuscript and schedule an online defense of the thesis.

It is strongly suggested that the student begin planning the thesis early and develop a work that approaches a publishable book in concept and form.