Antioch University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Los Angeles, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
25 per cohort (2 cohorts per year)
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
$50 (may be waived)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Steve Heller
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Victoria Chang
Fiction: Steve Heller
Nonfiction: Bernadette Murphy

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers scholarships, grants, federal financial aid, and federal work-study positions.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Lunch Ticketa student-run online literary journal

Other Features: 

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in June and December, in Los Angeles. The program offers a social justice focus and requires all students to conduct a community-focused field study.

In addition to poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the program offers a track in writing for young people. Students also have the opportunity to spend a semester at the MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media at Antioch University Santa Barbara and study writing for film and television, stage, digital and emerging media, and more.

The MFA Applications Screening Team begins reviewing applications on February 15 for the Summer/Fall semester and August 15 for the Winter/Spring Semester. Applications are accepted and reviewed until all seats are filled. The application fee is waived for anyone who attends an information session.


Ashaki Jackson, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Christina Lynch, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Naomi Benaron, Bernadette Murphy, Kate Maruyama, Toni Ann Johnson, Daniel José Older, Jillian Lauren, Antonia Crane, Patrick O'Neil, Joe Jiménez, Susan Southard, Gayle Brandeis, Alistair McCartney, Khadijah Queen, John Guthrie, Mifanwy Kaiser, Andrea Quaid, Wendy C. Ortiz, José Hernández Diaz, Joan Dempsey