Please check back in summer 2020 for a Joint MFA/Ph D program update. The Joint MFA / Ph D Program is a unique opportunity for students to earn an MFA in creative writing and then complete scholarly research for a Ph D in English language and literature.
This program offers intensive study with distinguished faculty committed to creative and intellectual achievement and offers a fuller integration of literature courses and writing workshops.
Please check back in summer 2020 for a Joint MFA/Ph D program update. Eligibility: Applicants must currently have, or expect to have, at least a BA or BS (or the equivalent) in any field before matriculation.
International students, please verify degree equivalency here.
The field requires a carefully supervised teaching experience of at least one year for every doctoral candidate as part of the program requirements.
The joint candidate typically teaches in their second, third and fifth years in the program.Joint MFA / Ph D Program specifics can be viewed here: Joint MFA / Ph D Timeline Procedural Guide Every graduate student selects a special committee of faculty advisors who work intensively with the student in selecting courses and preparing and revising the dissertation.The MFA committee for joint degree candidates should be comprised of at least two Cornell creative writing faculty members: a chair and one minor member and may include one additional member from the field.PLEASE NOTE: We are pausing admission to our Joint MFA/Ph D degree program for the upcoming admissions cycle, while we complete a program review.We encourage you to consider applying to either the MFA or Ph D program, if you would like to be considered for Fall 2020 admission.The Ph D Committee is comprised of at least three Cornell faculty members: a chair, and typically two minor members usually from the English department but very often representing an interdisciplinary field.The university system of special committees allows students to design their own courses of study within a broad framework established by the department, and it encourages a close working relationship between professors and students, promoting freedom and flexibility in the pursuit of the graduate degree.General Information for All Applicants Review Process: Joint program applicants will be considered for the joint program, the MFA only program and the Ph D only program when applying for the joint program. If a joint program space isn’t offered, there is still the possibility that the MFA committee or Ph D committee would offer admission for that specific degree instead.Application review begins immediately after the submission deadline.Each year one or two students may be admitted to the Joint MFA / Ph D Program, exploring a fuller integration of literature courses and writing workshops and fulfilling the requirements of both the MFA and Ph D programs.In their first four semesters in residence, joint candidates are expected to complete four writing workshops and four or five Ph D seminars for credit, all of which apply to the Ph D course requirement of twelve courses (of which six must be taken for a letter grade).