University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Three-year program (48 credits)

Funding:  “TAships, which require students to teach a 2/2 load and are guaranteed for the six semesters it takes most students to complete the MFA Program’s 54-credit hour course of study, include a stipend of roughly $7.5K per semester and a tuition remission.” -Daniel Mueller, Director of Creative Writing 2015

“All accepted students are given tuition remission, health insurance, and a Teaching Assistantship that requires them to teach two classes per semester. Students are guaranteed to teach Creative Writing in their second year. The stipend amount for incoming students in 2014 was $14,792 per academic year.” -MFA student 2014

Faculty: Michelle Brooks, Mark Caughey, Lisa D. Chavez,Marisa Clark, David Dunaway, Gregory Martin, Danielle Mueller, Julie Shigekuni, Luci Tapahonso, Diane Thiel, Jack Trujillo, Sharon Oard Warner

Application (Deadline Jan. 15):

  • Manuscript: 25 double-spaced pages for fiction; 20 double-spaced pages for poetry not to exceed 10-15 poems; 15-20 double-spaced pages of prose
  • Three letters of recommendation minimum (two of these must address your potential as a TA)
  • Letter of intent: 600 words discussing relevant experience, both in and outside the classroom, literary influences, and goals. Prospective students are advised to research the MFA program before submitting an application.
  • Teaching letter of intent: 500 words addressing your reasons, preparation, and objectives for teaching English courses at the college level.
  • Expository or argumentative writing sample: 10-15 pages
  • Official transcripts with undergraduate minimum GPA 3.00
  • $50 application fee

Admission rate: “This year we received just over one hundred applications in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction and admitted six, two in each genre.” -Daniel Mueller, Director of Creative Writing [Apr 30, 2015]

7 thoughts on “University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)

    1. Hi TonyB, in my interview with Daniel Mueller, he states, “TAships, which require students to teach a 2/2 load and are guaranteed for the six semesters it takes most students to complete the MFA Program’s 54-credit hour course of study, include a stipend of roughly $7.5K per semester and a tuition remission.”

      1. Ah… that’s disappointing. They should really work to streamline access to this information a bit more. It didn’t say anything about funding on the actual MFA program page the many times I’ve checked; I had to dig through the UNM site to find that salary info, only to now find out that it might be inaccurate.

        *shakes head*

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