BA/MFA Creative Writing

The Mills College Accelerated BA/MFA Program allows majors in any field to earn an MFA in Creative Writing in prose or poetry in just one year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students complete the requirements for the BA degree (120 semester credits) and 30 semester credits of required course work for the MFA in Creative Writing.

Mills’ combined bachelor’s and master’s program offers a time saving, cost-effective way to deepen your growth as a writer. The Mills MFA in Creative Writing, poetry or prose, supports and trains writers who go on to do great things.  Our Alumnae/i publish books that shift the conversation. They teach, facilitate, and organize in their communities. They perform locally and nationally, win awards, and are successful publishers, editors, and academics.

You will be mentored by our renowned faculty including distinguished visiting writers such as Aria Aber, Ari Banias, Nayomi Munaweera, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Your professors will encourage you to write a thesis that is risky, investigative, and confident, that pushes your development as a writer, and speaks to your own passions, experiences, and ideas. You will have access to our flagship pedagogy course that connects you with a network of local and national teachers.

Paid graduate assistantships in the fifth year provide invaluable experience in the classroom, as a tutor, or in literary events programming, editing, and production. You are also encouraged to apply for community collaborator positions, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through We Are The Voices. Each year a cohort of collaborators are mentored as they propose, conceptualize, and implement a project that explores the transformative power of literature in East Bay communities.

Prerequisites to be completed as part of any BA degree
ENG 011Craft of Creative Writing3
One beginning workshop in any genre3
One advanced workshop in any genre3

Required credits for the MFA in Creative Writing completed during undergraduate study

Plan of Study Grid
ENG 268
Graduate Prose Workshop 5
or Graduate Poetry Workshop
 Total Credits3

Graduate Degree

The remaining 24 semester course credits are completed in one additional year beyond BA completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Fifth YearCredits
ENG 268
Graduate Prose Workshop 2
or Graduate Poetry Workshop
ENG 203
The Craft of Prose 1
or The Craft of Poetry
ENG 250 Thesis for the MFA Degree 3 6
Plus 6 credits of electives 6
 Total Credits24