University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
Three-year program (12 credits)

Funding: All students admitted to the graduate program are granted financial aid throughout the three-year program, as long as they remain in good standing and make reasonable progress toward their degree. Most awards are in the form of teaching assistantships, but some fellowships are available. All awards include tuition and partial fee waivers, although students must pay some fees. Entering MFA candidates receive three years of support. The first year of support, set at 33% (teaching one class a semester), earns the graduate student $10,586; non-recurring fellowship funds, typically in the amount of $2,500, are given to first-year students to augment the stipend, making it around $13,086. In their second and third years, students receive 67% appointments (teaching two courses a semester) and earn approximately $21,493.

Faculty: Janice Harrington, Brigit Kelly, Michael Madonick, Ted Sanders, Alex Shakar

Application (Deadline Dec. 4 at noon):

  • Manuscript: 20-25 double-spaced pages for fiction; 15 pages for poetry
  • Statement of purpose (300-500 words)
  • General GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • $70/90 application fee

Admission rate: “We had approximately 140 applications this past winter, and we accepted 6 applicants–3 in fiction and 3 in poetry.” -Jodee Stanley, MFA Director [May 8, 2015]


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