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Columbia University School of the Arts

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
New York, New York
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
January 6, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
William Wadsworth
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Lucie Brock-Broido, Timothy Donnelly, Richard Howard, Dorothea Lasky, and Mark Strand. Fiction writers: Donald Antrim, Nicholas Christopher, Stacey D'Erasmo, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor Lavalle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Orhan Pamuk, Simon Schama, Gary Shteyngart, and Alan Ziegler. Nonfiction writers: Lis Harris, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, Phillip Lopate, Patricia O’Toole, and  Susan Bernofsky.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Fellowships, Research Assistantships, Scholarships, Internships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

This program features the Creative Writing Lecture series, the KGB Faculty Selects reading series, the Nonfiction Dialogues series, and student readings such as Gallery. Special master classes, training, and teaching opportunities are available.

Opportunities are also available for students to intern with literary publications such as the New Yorker and at literary organizations such as the Academy of American Poets. Additonally, the program holds an annual mixer event with literary agents for alumni and students who have finished their coursework and have a book ready.


Jonathan Ames, Mary Jo Bang, Thomas Beller, Lucie Brock-Broido, Gabrielle Calvocoressi,  Henri Cole, Meghan Daum, Kiran Desai, Stephen Dubner, Peter Farrelly, Rivka Galchen, Philip Gourevitch, Eliza Griswold, John Haskell, Marie Howe, Heidi Julavits, Ben Kunkel, Victor LaValle, Adam Mansbach, Stephen McCauley, Dinaw Mengestu, Rick Moody, Richard Price, Camille Rankine, Karen Russell, Brenda Shaughnessy, Mona Simpson, Wells Tower

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