Hamline University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1994
Location: 
St. Paul, MN
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
15-20
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2019
Application Fee: 
$0
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Terry Horstman
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Katrina Vandenberg
Fiction: John Brandon, Sheila O'Connor, Mary François Rockcastle
Nonfiction: Patricia Weaver Francisco, Angela Pelster-Wiebe
Screenwriting and Multi-Genre: Richard Pelster-Wiebe

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers a quarter-tuition merit scholarship to the top 10 percent of incoming students. The Deborah Keenan Poetry Scholarship is offered annually to multiple poets who show considerable promise. The Judi Shaw Memorial Scholarship is offered bi-annually to an incoming MFA student who shows considerable promise. The Richard P. Bailey endowed scholarship is also offered annually. Students can apply for graduate assistantships working with Water~Stone Review, Hamline's national literary annual, and graduate teaching assistantships working with undergraduate creative writing students.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program offers part- and full-time options; students are expected to complete their degree in three to five years. Students are not required to specialize in one genre. Students also have the opportunity to serve on the editorial board of three different literary journals.

The program also hosts the Water~Stone Review Summer Writing Workshop.

The application deadline is November 1 for the spring semester. For the fall semester, the application deadline to be considered for a scholarship is February 1; the final application deadline for the fall semester is May 1.

The MFA program is on Twitter: @HamlineCWP.

Graduates: 

Rosemary Ann Davis, Brian Farrey, Bethany Frenette, Geoff Herbach, Mindy Mejia, David Oppegaard, Kelsey Sutton