Ashland University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Ashland, OH
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
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Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
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Contact Name: 
Christian Kiefer
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Aria Aber, Dexter Booth, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Kate Gale, Tess Taylor

Fiction: Kirstin Chen, Brian Conn, Edan Lepucki, Sarah Monette, Nayomi Munaweera, Naomi J. Williams

Nonfiction: Christopher Feliciano Arnold, Garrard Conley, Kate Hopper, Lauren Markham, Angela Morales, Katherine Standefer, Kelly Sundberg

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Graduate Teaching Assistants available. Students have the opportunity to gain college-level teaching experience while earning $2,494 per course (based on 2021 supplemental contract rates). There is the potential for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to teach as many as 5 courses over the two years of study (must begin studies with the Summer Residency).  Graduate assistantships in publishing are also available.

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Students attend a two-week residency each July at the Ashland University campus in Ashland, Ohio, where they engage with visiting writers and editors.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in cross-genre study, as well as a residency in Paris.

The program also offers a concentration in Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing.

The priority application deadline for the online spring semester is September 15; the final deadline is December 1, provided there is space available in the program.

For summer residency, the priority application deadline is February 1, and applications are accepted until July 1 as long as space is available. (Students interested in the Residency in Paris must apply by November 1 of the previous calendar year.)