California Institute of Integral Studies

MFA Program

Program Established: 
San Francisco, CA
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
10-12 each semester
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Cindy Shearer
Core Faculty Includes: 

Carolyn Cooke and Cindy Shearer (Dept. Chair)

Associated Faculty: Kris Brandenburger, Alex Burger, Judy Grahn, Pireeni Sundaralingam, as well as guest artists each year

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers some teaching and research assistantships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The Interdisciplinary Arts & Writing MFA is a 39-unit, two-year program in five continuous semesters.

Student attend two six-day residencies each year, in the Fall and Spring semesters, in San Francisco.

Each student works one-on-one with a Bay-area mentor or one from their local community. Students also study part-time during the summer after their first year; students have the option to participate in one of the program's exchange programs, the Kingston Writing School workshops in Athens, Greece, in June, or a performance-making/writing mentorship at the University of Chichester in Chichester, England. They can also design their own international summer residency or take summer internship

The priority deadline for fall applications is February 15; the final deadline is July 15. The program encourages writers to apply for the fall semester.