new CSU MFA program





Margie Yu
Public Affairs Asst.
(323) 343-3047


of Events

Cal State L.A. Participates
in Unique CSU Master
of Fine Arts in
Creative Writing Program

Program is First in the Nation to be Offered by a Consortium of Universities

Los Angeles, CA -- California State University, Los Angeles is participating in a five-campus collaborative that offers a CSU Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree, the first in the nation to be offered by a consortium of universities. The program is currently enrolling students for the 1999 summer session. Applications will be accepted through May 15, 1999.

The MFA in Creative Writing is a flexible, part-time terminal degree program, equivalent to a doctoral degree program, for students to develop their art in association with serious, like-minded peers. It requires 50 units of specified course work including writing workshops focusing on poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and playwriting, as well as courses in literature, critical theory, and special topics relevant to creative writers. The program is designed to take between three and seven years to complete. Students can complete the program earlier by enrolling in approved classes at any of the consortium campuses during the regular academic year. The program has been approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The MFA program is expected to enroll 24 students in its inaugural year.

A unique feature of the systemwide program is the low-residency component involving two three-week summer sessions offered on consortium campuses on a rotating basis. The five-campus consortium includes Cal State L.A., CSU Northridge, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Hayward, and CSU Chico, which will process applications. Chico will also coordinate admissions and administrative functions, provide and arrange advisement. The program provides students an intensive group environment during the summer without the need to carry a full academic load and without the expense of permanent relocation closer to a particular university. It also provides expanded access to the academic resources of each of the consortium campuses. Throughout the year, faculty and students will use the Internet to exchange work and initiate readings and discussions. Off-site academic advising and degree coordination will be accomplished primarily through e-mail and two-way video conferencing.

Cal State L.A., founded in 1947 by action of the California State Legislature, is a comprehensive university that offers programs of higher education in more than 50 academic and professional fields. The University is organized into six schools that house nearly 50 academic departments and divisions. Cal State L.A.'s reputation as a center of learning attracts students from all areas of the United States and from many foreign countries. The Department of English is housed in the School of Arts and Letters.

Since 1993 Cal State L.A. has been offering a Master of Arts in English with an option in Creative Writing, which combines the study of literature and critical theory with advanced workshops in creative writing. A minor in Creative Writing is also available.

Applications for the new MFA in Creative Writing program will be accepted through May 15, 1999, and will be processed as soon as they are received. For details on the program, visit the MFA in Creative Writing Consortium web site at To apply for the 1999 Summer Session, contact Mary Bush, Department of English, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032, (323) 343-4174, or the School of Graduate Programs, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0875, (530) 898-6880.

Questions may be addressed to Mary Bush, (323) 343-4174, or Alfred Bendixen, chair, English Department, Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4140.

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