Unique to the Red Earth MFA are the professional writing and pedagogy strands. Students may elect to study with professional writers and writing instructors in online formats during the semester to learn about editing, professional communications, and teaching writing. With approval of the program director and their faculty mentor, students can also elect to do individual study with their faculty mentor in the professional writing or pedagogy strands for credit.
Students who elect to concentrate in either the professional writing or pedagogy strand take a minimum of six credit hours in either concentration. Students can also fashion their own strand concentration with their faculty advisor(s) with the permission of the advisor(s) and program director and do not have to participate in the strands if they choose to focus exclusively on their creative writing.