No student may add a course after the first day of the semester. The last day students may drop a semester course without a withdrawal appearing on the academic record is the Friday after the residency concludes for the fall term and the second Friday after the start of the spring term. Students withdrawing after this period will receive a W on their permanent record.
Students must apply in writing to the director to withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing but not applying for a leave of absence will be required to reapply to the program, and if accepted, will be subject to the rules and regulations then in force.
Leave of Absence
Students must enroll in a minimum of two courses per semester to remain active on the rolls of the college. Students in good academic and financial standing may request a leave of absence for no more than two semesters during the total period of the degree candidacy. Students are expected to return to the college at the conclusion of their leave. Students must apply in writing to the program director for a leave of absence.
Students unable to complete a course within the semester must apply in writing to the director for an extension by week 13 of the semester. Extensions may be granted for one semester only. The extension fees in academic year 2012-2013 are $1,860 for CNF 630 Final Manuscript; $150 for CNF 610 Internship, and $1064 for all other courses. Modest annual increases may be expected.
Because the MFA in Creative Nonfiction is based on a residency-mentorship model, transfer credit is not allowed. Other graduate work will, however, be considered in the admissions process, and several of our MFA students already have advanced degrees.
All semester work will use the following grading system:
● Pass (equivalent to A-B)
As part of the continued guidance offered to each student, the program director and the Academic Review Committee review the record of any student who receives a course grade of Marginal Pass (MP) or No Pass (NP). On the basis of this evaluation, the student may be placed on probation or dismissed from the college.
● MP/Marginal Pass (equivalent to C)
● NP/No Pass (equivalent to F)
● EX /Extension
Detailed information on policies and procedures is contained in the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies graduate student handbook.
Although Goucher's MFA students will be returning to their hometowns to complete their semester work, they will have the same basic Goucher library privileges as students living on campus. While working off campus, students can access Goucher library's online books and articles by using the college’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). They also may obtain books and articles from Goucher's library collection or from other libraries through interlibrary loan if they live in the United States, although they may find it faster to borrow from a local public or academic library in their community. Goucher’s distance learning librarian will answer research questions and help develop a research strategy by email or telephone.
The cost to return books by mail to the Goucher library will be the student's responsibility as well as any fees that might be incurred for local library services. A state resident may use a public university's library collection at no charge.
Use of Technology to Facilitate Feedback and Research
The MFA program takes advantage of Goucher's extensive technological resources, such as the Center's Internet and World Wide Web services, in order to foster greater student-teacher and peer-to-peer interactions. E-mail lists and Web-based discussion groups will be available to each MFA student and faculty member. No prerequisite knowledge of the Internet is required, and instruction will be offered during the residencies. Students must obtain, at their own expense, an Internet account from a service provider.
Minimum Technology Requirements for Online Courses
- Windows XP or later, or Mace OS 10.4 or later
- Minimum 2 GB of memory (RAM)
- The latest version of Java available from: http://www.java.com/en
- The latest version of QuickTime available from: http://www.apple.com/quicktime
- A current word processing software
- A headset with microphone
- Broadband Internet connection is required. Examples of broadband internet connection are high-speed DSL or a Cable modem.
- Use of Goucher e-mail is highly recommended.
Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Since its founding in 1885, Goucher College has been known for its commitment to excellence in liberal arts and sciences education. First located in downtown Baltimore, Goucher moved to its current suburban campus shortly after World War II. The college's undergraduate program consists of 18 departments and five specialized programs. Goucher College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.The Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies was founded in 1977 to provide adults with educational opportunities. The Center also offers a Master of Arts in Arts Administration, a Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability, a Master of Arts in Digital Arts, a Master in Education, a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation, and a Master of Arts in Teaching.