The Master of Fine Arts program in Spanish creative writing requires 48 s.h. of graduate credit earned over four semesters in residence at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75.

Students complete courses in writing, including several workshops and other relevant coursework. They also are required to do a final public reading in the spring semester of their second year. Work toward the degree culminates in a creative thesis. They must enroll in SPAN:6210 Fiction Workshop and SPAN:6220 Poetry Workshop during each year of residence in the program. Groups of 8-12 students read and critique each other's work in these courses.

For more information, visit the Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing web page. 

The M.F.A. with a major in Spanish creative writing requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

All of these:
SPAN:6210Fiction Workshop (taken twice for 3 s.h. each)6
SPAN:6220Poetry Workshop (taken twice for 3 s.h. each)6
Four graduate-level courses offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese12
Four additional courses offered by the M.F.A. program in Spanish creative writing, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, or related units in consultation with faculty advisor12
9 s.h. from these:
SPAN:6241Creative Project Development (course may be taken more than once)3
SPAN:6280Nonfiction Workshop3


Students submit their graduate thesis, a manuscript of substantial length, during their last semester, and must enroll in SPAN:6299 Thesis: Creative Writing. The thesis committee is composed of at least three members: two faculty members in the Spanish creative writing program and a third Department of Spanish and Portuguese faculty member who could be part of the creative writing program, or a faculty member from one of the related units—Center for the Book, the Creative Writing Program (Iowa Writers' Workshop), or the International Writing Program.

SPAN:6299Thesis: Creative Writing3

Graduate Study Loads

Maximum course registration for all graduate students is 15 s.h. of graduate-level coursework in fall or spring semesters and 12 s.h. of graduate-level work in summer sessions. Students with one-quarter-time and one-third-time teaching assistantships are permitted to register for the maximum study loads. Students who hold one-half-time assistantships are permitted to register for a maximum of 12 s.h. in fall and spring semesters and 6 s.h. in summer sessions. Students must have approval from the Graduate College to register for additional semester hours.

The minimum course registration is 2 s.h. for all graduate students. Students who fail to register for 36 months must apply for readmission to the Graduate College.

In order to receive full consideration for financial aid, applications to the program should be received from October 1 to January 15.

Teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. Applications for financial support should be made directly to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.