West Virginia University

West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Three-year program (45 credits)

Funding: “Everyone is fully funded and that’s been the case for the last several years. Our stipend is $15,650 with an additional $1000 for the first year (because we begin with a two-week pedagogy session). ” -Mary Ann Samyn, Program Director [Apr 2017]

Faculty: Mark Brazaitis, Katie Fallon, James Harms, Ellesa Clay High, Kevin Oderman, Christa Parravani, Mary Ann Samyn, Glenn Taylor, Ethel Morgan Smith

Application (Deadline Jan. 15):

  1. Manuscript: 20-30 double-spaced pages for fiction;  10-15 pages for poetry; 20-30 double-spaced pages for nonfiction
  2. Personal statement (500-750 words)
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Official transcripts
  5. General GRE scores
  6. $60 application fee

Admission rate: “Typically we admit nine MFAs across three genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction).” -Mary Ann Samyn, Program Director [Apr 14, 2017]