Chatham University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2002
Location: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
40
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2018
Application Fee: 
$0
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sheryl St. Germain
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain
Fiction: Sherrie Flick, Marc Nieson, Sarah Shotland
Nonfiction: Marc Nieson, Sheryl St. Germain

 

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; the final deadline is April 1.

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.

Graduates: 

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