Chicago State University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Chicago, IL
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
July 15, 2023
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Kelly Norman Ellis
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis
Fiction: Cole Lavalais
Film/Television: Christine List
Publishing: Brenda E. Aghahowa

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding with a limited number of graduate assistantships available.

Other Features: 

Students may take courses in playwriting and scriptwriting for film and television as electives. The program is housed in the English Department at Chicago State University and features a Visiting Writers Series. Many events are offered in collaboration with CSU’s Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, a literary and cultural center invested in researching, teaching, and disseminating information about acclaimed Black writers. Students in the program undertake coursework in African American literature and non-African American literature.

The application deadline for the spring term is December 17; the deadline for the fall term is July 15.