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
Required Writing Workshop Courses: (16 credits)*
Number Course Credits
PF 610 Writing Workshop in Popular Fiction 4
PF 611 Topics in Writing Workshop in Popular Fiction 4

*These workshops are repeatable.

Note: Students may have the option to take on-campus workshops for credit in the summer semester, with special permission from the Graduate Program Director.

Required Literature Courses: (8 credits)
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.

Required Publishing Courses: (8 credits)
Number Course Credits
PF 630 Introduction to the Publishing Process for Writers 4
PF 631 Topics in Writing and Publishing 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.