Mar 5, 2009, 9:41 AM
Post #86 of 148
As someone who got an MA years ago, before the university I attended offered an MFA, I just want to add one cautionary note: a number of academic jobs require the "terminal degree," which sounds ominous but means the "final" degree in the field--MFA, if creative writing, or PhD. If you don't expect to be looking for an academic job, this is moot. If you do, you should plan either to go for the PhD, or (and/or) work even harder to end up with a publishable book at the end of the process. If you have a published book, then hiring committees can often be persuaded to waive the "terminal degree" requirement. Also, while you're at Davis, get whatever training you can in teaching writing. The training and experience I got learning to teach composition and creative writing sustained me for many years.