Chapman University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Orange, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
David Krausman, Graduate Programs Coordinator
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Anna Leahy, Martin Nakell
Fiction: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Martin Nakell
Nonfiction: Anna Leahy, Tom Zoellner
Screenwriting: Mark Axelrod, Mildred Lewis

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. Each fall, three fellowships with annual stipend of $18,000 plus full tuition fellowships are awarded to select incoming MFA students. Additional full-tuition fellowships are available on a limited basis. All applicants are considered for these merit-based awards. MFA and MA students who take the composition pedagogy course in their first year of study can apply to the Graduate Teaching Associate program. The Department of English has expanded its Graduate Assistantship program to prepare MFA students for work in arts organizations, in publishing and editing, and in the nonprofit sector. These Graduate Assistantships earn an hourly wage for internship work.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program has part-time study options available.

The MFA program begins with a course called Aspects of a Writer, which introduces students to the business of writing, sustaining a writing life, and literary citizenship. The culmination of the program is a book-length manuscript.

The MFA program is home to Tabula Poetica, which houses a fall reading series and the international poetry journal TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, and the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, which houses a spring reading series and the journal Mantissa.

The priority application deadline for funding is February 1 for fall start. Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a rolling basis as space is available, but will not be eligible for funding. The application deadline for spring start is November 1. Application fee waivers can be requested.


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