University of Virginia (Charlottesville)

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Two-year program (48 credits)

Funding: If you join our two-year MFA program, you will receive fellowship support and/or teaching income in the amount of $20,000 each academic year, as well as full funding of your tuition, enrollment fees, and the health insurance premium for single-person coverage through the university.

Faculty: Jane Alison, Jeffrey Allen, John Casey, John T. Casteen IV, Elizabeth Denton, Rita Dove, Keith Driver, Paul Guest, Kate Kostelnik, James Livingood, Debra Nystrom, Gregory Orr, Lisa Russ Spaar, Christopher Tilghman, Jeremy Townley

Application (Deadline Dec. 15):

  1. Manuscript: up to 25 double-spaced pages for fiction; 12 pages  for poetry
  2. Fellowship application
  3. Statement of interest: (500-1,000 words) indicate your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the University of Virginia and describe your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and intellectual or life experiences in order to aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Official copy of transcripts
  6. $85 application fee

Admission rate: “We accept only five students in fiction, and five in poetry, each year.”


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