University of California at Irvine

University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
Three-year program

Funding: Financial support for MFA students is given in the form of Teaching Assistantships (also referred to as Tuition Fellowships for out-of-state students). Teaching Assistantships provide full tuition coverage as well as University health insurance (medical, dental, and vision). MFA students on TA-ship are also assigned to teach one undergraduate composition or creative writing course per quarter (three courses per academic year). MFA students receive academic credit as well as a nine-month salary for teaching. For 2016-2017, students will earn an estimated $20,050.00 for the academic year.

Faculty: Ron Carlson, Amy Gerstler, Michelle Latiolais, Michael Ryan

Application (Deadline Dec. 10 for fiction; Jan. 15 for poetry):

  • Manuscript: up to 40 double-spaced pages for fiction;  10 poems of no more than 20 single-spaced pages for poetry
  • Autobiographical statement: a 500-1000 words self-portrait of the applicant as a writer and as a person. It may include the influence of favorite writers or teachers as well as personal experiences and information about how the practice of writing became important to the applicant’s life.
  • Statement of purpose: 500-1000 words in which the applicant should try to articulate his or her ideas about the value of writing as well as to express how and why the Programs in Writing and its faculty may help with the realization of his or her vocational goals.
  • Personal history statement: 1200 word limit including information about upbringing, family, culture, socio-economic background, or any personal experiences and challenges. Applicants may also wish to describe how they might contribute to social or cultural diversity within their chosen field of study. The Personal History Statement is used by UCI Graduate Division to help determine whether an applicant is eligible for a fee waiver or a diversity fellowship.
  • Official transcripts with undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.00
  • $105 application fee

Admission rate: 12 students (6 per genre) out of 500 applications; 2.4% admittance rate


3 thoughts on “University of California at Irvine”

    1. I would recommend emailing or calling the department to specify what international student fees there will be, and how much aid an admitted student would receive.

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