Faculty member chats with student in an officeActive and Current MFA Students

Your academic advisor is the MFA Program Director.

You must complete a Program of Study form prior to completing 12 credit hours.

All English Department graduate courses are registered using permission numbers. This means that when looking up an English graduate course in MyUCF, it will always be marked as closed, even when no one has yet registered for it.

Registration for the Spring semester usually takes place in October, while registration for Fall and Summer semesters takes place in March. Several weeks before registration begins, the Graduate Admissions Specialist will e-mail your Knights account. All graduate students will be given the same date for registration. When this date arrives, each student should email their registration requests to the Graduate Admissions Specialist. Do not email any requests before the date arrives. Students will be given a permission number unique to each request that will allow them to register for their classes. Permission numbers will expire two weeks after their issue. If a registration number expires, a student may request another one if space remains in the class.

MFA students are permitted to request a permission number for any graduate course offered by the English Department. The genre in which a student was admitted is considered the student’s primary genre. Students can request permission numbers for the workshops that are focused on their genre. Students are encouraged to take workshops outside their genre, but must have permission of the instructor of that workshop.

Why do we register our graduate classes in this way? The permission numbers allow us to register English degree-seeking graduate students before all others (students in other graduate degree programs, non-degree students, and undergraduates). Without this system, our degree-seeking students might be prevented from taking the courses they need by students who do not need our courses for their Master’s degrees. As a result, however, our students need to register quickly. Generally speaking, students who make their requests at the time that registration opens do not have difficulty getting into classes. Those who miss the opening sometimes do. If a class a student wants to take is full, the student will be placed on the wait list. The Graduate Admissions Specialist will contact the student if and when a space opens up. At that point, the student will have a limited amount of time to register: how limited depends upon how quickly classes are scheduled to begin. Students on wait lists will need to monitor their Knights email accounts carefully.

Registration for graduate courses within the English Department is handled in an entirely different manner from undergraduate registration. This fact can make registration especially confusing for students who completed their bachelor’s degrees here. Please read the above carefully if you attended UCF as an undergraduate.


Non-Degree Seeking, Non-Program, Post-Graduate, and Undergraduate Students

We permit Non-Degree, Non-Program, or undergraduate students in our courses if there is space available. Active and current students in our program have priority registration for our courses. Students seeking to enroll who are not admitted, active, and current Creative Writing MFA students should use the following process to register:

  1. Decide which course(s) you want to take at least one month before registration begins.
  2. Contact the instructor teaching the course via their university email requesting permission to enroll. This email should contain a brief statement about why you wish to take the course, your academic goals, and how it will benefit your studies. You should also copy the Department of English Graduate Admissions Specialist (Ethan.Watford@ucf.edu to ensure we have record of your request.
  3. Once permission is acquired, forward that email response to the registration email address.
  4. If granted permission by the instructor, and you’re not in another degree program at UCF, you must apply to UCF as a Non-Degree seeking student before you can enroll in the course.

Course permission can be obtained at any time, and we strongly suggest doing so before registration. You will still need to send your course requests once registration opens in order to receive a permission number, but should no instructor grant permission via email, you will not be issued a number. Ultimate decisions for admitting Non-Degree and Non-Program Student lie with the instructor of the course, and should an instructor refuse permission to enter a course there are no appeals or overrides.