Chicago State University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2001
Location: 
Chicago, IL
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
7–10
Application Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Application Fee: 
$30
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Kelly Ellis
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Quraysh Ali Lansana
Fiction: Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Nonfiction: Brenda E. Aghahowa

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers graduate assistantships.

Other Features: 

This program features a Visiting Writers Series. Students may take courses in playwriting and scriptwriting for film and television as electives. The MFA program is housed in the 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 spring start is October 15; the deadline for the fall start is March 15.