Funding: The current stipend for MFAs with teaching appointments (one course each semester) is roughly $16,000 for the nine-month academic year (along with the stipend comes a fee authorization, which means you do not have to pay tuition). Fellows (who do not teach during their first year in the program) are granted a $21,800 stipend for the twelve-month academic year (fellows teach during their second and third years). All MFA students also receive access to student health insurance.
Faculty: Lina Ferreira, Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, Michelle Herman, Marcus Jackson, Lee Martin, Nick White
Application (Deadline Dec. 9):
- Manuscript: 20-40 double-spaced pages for fiction; 15-25 pages for poetry
- Critical writing sample: 8-10 pages short scholarly/critical essay or portion of a longer work is appropriate. This essay should demonstrate your abilities as a critical reader of a literary or related text, in particular your ability to form a written argument. It is useful in the department’s assessment of your potential to teach undergraduates.
- Personal statement: 1-2 single-spaced statement that describes your background as a writer and your purpose in pursuing this degree; this statement should address your writing interests as well as briefly describe your interest and/or experience in teaching
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume/CV: no more than 2 pages
- Official transcripts
- $60/70 application fee
Admission rate: “In our 2015 admissions season (starting fall 2015), we had 262 applications; 149 in fiction, 42 in nonfiction; and 71 in poetry. We admitted a class of 12, made up of 5 fiction writers, 3 nonfiction writers, and 4 poets.” -Tammy Carl, Academic Program Coordinator [May 5, 2015]