Columbia College Chicago

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1991
Location: 
Chicago, IL
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
36
Application Deadline: 
January 13, 2018
Application Fee: 
$55
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Devon Polderman, Academic Manager
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jenny Boully, CM Burroughs, Lisa Fishman, Matthew Shenoda, Tony Trigilio, David Trinidad
Fiction: Don DeGrazia, Aleksandar Hemon, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Patricia Ann McNair, Joseph Meno, Alexis Pride, Sam Weller
Nonfiction: Jenny Boully, T Fleischmann, Aleksandar Hemon, Aviya Kushner, David Lazar, Patricia Ann McNair, Sam Weller

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Writer-in-Residence for 2015–2018 is nonfiction writer T Fleischmann.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. Graduate Assistantship positions—awarded on a competitive basis—cover all tuition costs and offer students the opportunity to work in the Department of Creative Writing. All program applicants are automatically considered for this award. Student fees are not covered.

The Graduate Student Instructorship (GSI) program offers teaching experience for a select number of students in each genre of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students are paid at the level of an adjunct faculty member and teach one section of Writing and Rhetoric each semester, after taking a Composition Theory and Praxis training course in the fall semester.

Federal work-study awards are also offered in exchange for staff and research assistance provided to the Department of Creative Writing. In addition, continuing students in graduate programs across Columbia College Chicago can apply for a number of awards, including the Albert P. Weisman Award, the Diversity Award, the Graduate Opportunity Award, and the Graduate Fellowship. The Nathan Breitling Poetry Fellowship is also available for MFA Poetry students.   

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts an annual reading series in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students can work on literary magazines, Columbia Poetry Review, Hair Trigger, and Punctuate, and there are numerous editorial opportunities for Hotel Amerika. Students also have the opportunity to organize the student-run 33 Reading Series and are encouraged to create reading series, journals, and presses of their own.

The priority application deadline is January 13; the final application deadline is June 30.

Graduates: 

Holly Amos, Christopher Ankney, Arnie Bernstein, Erik Fassnacht, Jessie Ann Foley, Kelly Forsythe, Leif Haven, Brandi Homan, Becca Klaver, Toni Nealie, Ryan Spooner, Megan Stielstra, Steven Teref, Cyn Vargas, Geling Yan, Joshua Young