Columbia University School of the Arts

MFA Program

Program Established: 
New York, NY
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 5, 2019
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
William Wadsworth
Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers administrative and teaching fellowships, research assistantships, scholarships, and internships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers a joint course of study in literary translation.

The program hosts the Creative Writing Lectures; the Word for Word Literary Translation Exchange; Life After the MFA panels; an annual agents mixer; the student reading series, Gallery Reading Series; the Columbia Selects MFA alumni Reading Series; Columbia Artist/Teachers, providing MFA teachers with training and teaching opportunities on and off campus; and Our Word, whose goal is to promote diversity within the Writing Program and the literary community in general.


Elisa Albert, Mia Alvar, Jonathan Ames, Jesse Ball, Mary Jo Bang, Mandy Berman, Lucie Brock-Broido, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tina Chang, Emma Cline, Henri Cole, Meghan Daum, Kiran Desai, Timothy Donnelly, Mark Doten, Stephen Dubner, Peter Farrelly, Rivka Galchen, Matt Gallagher, Philip Gourevitch, Eliza Griswold, Marie Howe, Mat Johnson, Heidi Julavits, Owen King, Alexandra Kleeman, Victor LaValle, Stephen McCauley, Dinaw Mengestu, Susan Minot, Rick Moody, Gregory Pardlo, Julie Otsuka, Richard Price, Claudia Rankine, Karen Russell, Vijay Seshadri, Brenda Shaughnessy, Mona Simpson, Tracy K. Smith, Wells Tower, Mai Der Vang, Adam Wilson, Mark Wunderlich