Chatham University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2002
Location: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
15
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2021
Application Fee: 
$0
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sheila Squillante
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante, Leia Wilson
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 February 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 February 15 on a rolling basis.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program offers the opportunity for a dual-genre focus, as well as concentrations in food writing, nature writing, travel writing, pedagogy, publishing, and social engagement, 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. 

A post-baccalaureate Certificate of Completion in Travel Writing can be completed in two semesters plus one summer, in full- or low-residency format. The program features craft workshops, a travel writing course, an international or national field seminar, and the Summer Community of Writers residency. Credits can be transferred into the MFA program.

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

Graduates: 

Chris Barzak, Brittany Hailer, Robert Isenberg, Sarah Reis, Mark Anthony Rolo, Christine Stroud