University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Two-year program (36 credits)

Funding: Every student admitted to the MFA receives: 1) a full tuition scholarship; 2) a fellowship which carries a full stipend (currently $12,500 per year) and responsibilities in the areas of publications, outreach projects, and/or teaching creative writing (NOT comp); 3) access to a 100% health insurance subsidy.

Faculty: Johannes Goransson, Joyelle McSweeney, Orlando Menes, Valerie Sayers, Roy Scranton, Steve Tomasula, Azareen Van der Vlie Oloomi

Application (Deadline Jan. 2):

  • Manuscript: 25-30 double-spaced pages of any combination of short fiction, nonfiction, or a novel manuscript for prose; 20 pages for poetry
  • Statement of intent: (300-500 words) discuss some but not all of the following topics: your approach to writing and reading; the books, artworks, movies, places, and/or other sources which drive or inform your writing; the work, personal and/or political experiences which drive or inform your writing; aspects of your identity which drive or inform your writing; your sense of what writing is for; your sense of what you’d like to accomplish during and after your MFA.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • General GRE scores
  • $75 application fee

Admission rate: In 2014, 10 students (for both genres) admitted out of 189 applicants (170 in fiction; 52 in poetry). In 2015, 16 students (for both genres) admitted out of 238 applicants (153 in fiction; 46 in poetry). Data courtesy of Coleen Hoover, Program Coordinator [Apr 28, 2015]


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