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Pennsylvania State University

MA Program

MFA Program Established: 
University Park, Pennsylvania
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Cross-Genre
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
March 15, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Charlotte Holmes
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Robin Becker, Julia Spicher Kasdorf
Fiction/Nonfiction: William Cobb, Charlotte Holmes, Elizabeth Kadetsky, C. Toby Thompson

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Portfolios for MFA applications. Teaching opportunities are available.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 


Other Features: 

Because of funding limitations, this program has suspended applications to its MFA program. In its place is offered the intergrated undergraduate/graduate degrees to select undergraduates who will receive an MA in English with a creative writing concentration.

This is an internal program, open to Penn State undergraduates only. Students enter the program at the end of their junior year. Potential transfer students from other colleges are encouraged to look into the program as well.

This program has a cross-genre approach. Faculty place a special emphasis on mentoring writers who are honing their MFA portfolios. Teaching opportunities are available.


MFA Program: Peter Chilson, Rita Ciresi, Cary Holladay, Cathleen Miller, Rebecca Rasmussen, Lisa Roney, Anjana Sharma, Lyrae Van Clief Stefanon

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