Chatham University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sheila Squillante
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante
Fiction: Sherrie Flick, Marc Nieson, Sarah Shotland
Nonfiction: Marc Nieson, Sheila Squillante

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers teaching fellowships, teaching assistantships, the Margaret Lehr Whitford Fellowship, and the Fourth River Fellowship.

The application deadline for funding and early decision is January 15, and requires a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale; regular decision applications will continue to be accepted and considered for admission after January 15 on a rolling basis.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers a track in children's writing.

The program allows students to focus on writing of place, including travel and nature, and has an additional focus on social justice, allowing students to teach creative writing in jails, prisons, and rehab facilities. Students have the opportunity to travel to other countries such as Belize, Costa Rica, Greece, Iceland, and Vietnam as part of the creative writing field seminar.

All students participate in the Summer Community of Writers, a ten-day residency course at the program's Eden Hall Farm Campus in Gibsonia, PA. 

The fee for submitting a paper admission application is $45.


Chris Barzak, D. Gilson, Robert Isenberg, Sarah Reis, Mark Anthony Rolo