Columbia University School of the Arts

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
1968
Location: 
New York, NY
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
110
Application Deadline: 
January 7, 2020
Application Fee: 
$110
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
William Wadsworth
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Timothy DonnellyDorothea LaskyShane McCraeDeborah Paredez
Fiction: Paul Beatty, Anelise Chen, Nicholas ChristopherDeborah EisenbergRichard FordJoshua Furst (through Spring 2020), Rivka Galchen, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValleSam LipsyteBen MarcusBen Metcalf (through Spring 2020), Orhan Pamuk, Gary ShteyngartAlan Ziegler
Nonfiction: Hilton Als, Lis HarrisLeslie JamisonMargo JeffersonRichard LockePhillip Lopate, Wendy Walters
Translation: Susan Bernofsky

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 Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC), a joint course of study in literary translation.

The program hosts the Creative Writing Lectures; Nonfiction Dialogues; Life After the MFA panels; the annual Agents Mixer; the Gallery Student Reading Series; the Columbia Selects MFA Alumni Reading Series; Columbia Artist/Teachers, providing MFA student teachers with training, teaching, and outreach opportunities on and off campus, including the Incarcerated Artists Project Our Word, a student group promoting diversity within the Writing Program and in the broader literary community; and the student-run annual, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

Graduates: 

Elisa AlbertMia Alvar, Jonathan Ames, Hannah Assadi, Jesse Ball, Mary Jo Bang, Mandy Berman, Lucie Brock-Broido, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tina ChangEmma ClineHenri Cole, Meghan Daum, Kiran Desai, Timothy Donnelly, Mark Doten, Stephen Dubner, Peter Farrelly, Rivka Galchen, Matt Gallagher, Philip Gourevitch, Eliza GriswoldMarie Howe, Katrine Ogaard Jensen, Mat Johnson, Heidi Julavits, Owen KingAlexandra Kleeman, Rachel Kushner, Victor LaValleStephen McCauley, Campbell McGrath, Dinaw Mengestu, Susan Minot, Rick Moody, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Sigrid Nunez, Gregory PardloJulie Otsuka, Richard Price, Claudia Rankine, Karen Russell, Vijay Seshadri, Brenda Shaughnessy, Mona Simpson, Sarah Smarsh, Tracy K. Smith, Wells Tower, Mai Der Vang, Adam Wilson, Mark Wunderlich