Jun 27, 2007, 12:00 PM
Post #149 of 357
Thanks for your advice. I see what you're saying about getting into PhD programs after the MFA. I've always had a desire both to earn an MFA (fiction) and to earn my PhD in English Literature (am applying to several Lit programs as well), which is what I'm studying now. That's why Cornell's joint program appealed to me. But who knows. Maybe after two years of masters work at any one school a person would be itching for a change.
Re: [bighark] Well, that was helpful.
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In terms of the Lit GRE, though, would you say it's better to write it while you're still studying the literature on the test? This was my line of thinking. Even if I wait a few years to apply to a PhD program, at least I wouldn't have to reread a truckload of books.
There are ZERO creative writing MFA programs that require the Lit GRE.
The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins does not require the Lit GRE. Write the program and ask. Yes, the website says something about it being strongly recommended. Yes, that's confusing. Write the program and get clarification. Remember, this is an MFA program---an exceptionally strong writing portfolio is the primary point of consideration. Instead of wasting time and money trying to prepare for an unnecessary exam, work on your portfolio and a kick-ass statement of purpose (which at Johns Hopkins is quite a challenge).
The Cornell MFA does not require the Lit GRE. Only the Cornell joint PhD/MFA requires the Lit GRE and that's because it's a frickin' PhD in English Literature that lets you take MFA classes. Note that I didn't write "PhD in Creative Writing." You'll take two years of MFA coursework and the rest will be PhD studies. One student a year is accepted into that program. In my opinion, that's one crazy student (no doubt a poet). If you don't feel comfortable taking the Lit GRE this afternoon, I would suggest skipping the joint PhD/MFA and going straight for the MFA. PhD programs won't be going anywhere any time soon, and if you're good enough to get a Cornell MFA, you'll have no trouble getting into a fine English PhD program later down the road.
(This post was edited by MissEsquire on Jun 27, 2007, 12:06 PM)