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MFA Program

Program Established: 
New York, NY
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Catherine Barnett, Donna Masini, Tom Sleigh
Fiction: Peter Carey, ZZ Packer, Adam Haslett
Nonfiction: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Mychal Denzel Smith

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program is fully funded for Fiction and Poetry. Creative Nonfiction funding varies by year. The program offers teaching assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, grants, paid internships with the Threepenny Review and Graywolf Press, Hertog Fellowships, and the Thomas Hunter Fellowship.

In-state students receive a full tuition waiver; out-of-state students receive the equivalent of an in-state tuition waiver towards tuition fees. Students must successfully file a FAFSA application to be eligible for funding.

Other Features: 

The program's Creative Nonfiction track begins in process and springs from personal perspective—whether it be essays, opinion, reportage, memoir or hybrid forms of storytelling. Nonfiction seeks students who are committed to the connections between their experiences and the broader concerns of the world.

This program features the Distinguished Writers Series and provides a supplemental seminar in research for fiction and nonfiction students.

Through the Hertog Fellowship program, students conduct research for an established fiction or nonfiction writer. Recent examples of books that students conducted research for include: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, and On Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith.

Through the Thomas Hunter Fellowship program, poetry students conduct research for an established poet, publication or poetry organization. Recent examples include Poets’ House, Cave Canem, Four Ways Books, Grace Schulman, Marie Howe, Fanny Howe, Jean Valentine, and Edward Hirsch.


Ahmad Almallah, Ari Banias, Bill Cheng, Scott Cheshire, Alex Gilvarry, Meng Jin, Phil Klay, Janice Y. K. Lee, Megha Majumdar, Liz Moore, Jason Porter, Jeff Rotter, Gary Shteyngart, Jessica Soffer, Maria Venegas