University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Three-year program

Funding: Each admitted student receives a Michener Fellowship of $27,500 per academic year, plus remission of all required tuition and fees.  Support is renewed each year with satisfactory progress.  Students may also apply for Professional Development Funds to attend writing conferences or residencies, to fund research travel, or to use as a summer stipend while writing on a project.  The current PDF allotment per student is $6000 over the three years. This level of fellowship support, which requires no teaching or other duties, is unparalleled among MFA programs.

Tuition: $1,272 per credit for residents and $1,833 for nonresidents; 54 credits to complete the program

Faculty: Michael Adams, Oscar Casares, Steven Dietz, Laura Furman, Stephen Harrigan, Kurt Heinzelman, Stuart Kelban, Peter LaSalle, Richard Lewis, Kirk Lynn, James Magnuson, Elizabeth McCracken, Cynthia McCreery, Lisa Olstein, Charles Ramierz-Berg, Deb Olin Unferth, Thomas Whitbread, Dean Young, Suzan Zeder

Application (Deadline Dec. 15):

  • Manuscript: up to 30 double-spaced pages totaling 1-2 stories for fiction (novel excerpts strongly discouraged); at least 10 poems of up to 25 double-spaced pages for poetry
  • Online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose: no more than 350 words
  • GRE scores (Institution: 6882)
  • Official transcripts
  • $65 application fee

Admission rate: UT Austin Apply Page: “We received close to 1000 applications annually for twelve seats in our program . . . Our current acceptance rate is less than one-half of 1% in fiction, and between 2% and 3% for the other genres.”

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