Lesley University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Cambridge, MA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
44 each year
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2018
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Erin Belieu, Sharon Bryan, Teresa Cader, Steven Cramer, Stephen Haven, Adrian Matejka, Joan Houlihan, Kevin Prufer
Fiction: Tony Eprile, Laurie Foos, Rachel Kadish, Hester Kaplan, Michael Lowenthal, William Lychack, Kyoko Mori, Christine Shea, A. J. Verdelle
Nonfiction: Jane Brox, Rachel Manley, Roland Merullo, Kyoko Mori, Pamela Petro, Janet Pocorobba
Stage and Screen: Jami Brandli, Barry Brodsky, Ronan Noone, Kate Snodgrass, Sinan Unel
Young People Writing: Tracey Baptiste, David Elliott, Susan Goodman, Michelle Knudsen, Chris Lynch, Jason Reynolds

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers up to $400,000 in scholarships per admission period.

Other Features: 

Students attend two nine-day residencies each year, in January and June, at the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The program offers degrees in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, stage and screen, graphic novel and comics, and writing for young people. Through the program’s unique interdisciplinary component, students can gain professional experience in one of four tracks: pedagogy, publishing, social justice, and cross-genre writing. Alternatively, students can individualize their interdisciplinary work by creating specialized studies of their own, such as enrolling in travel study courses, including Lesley’s Wales Study Abroad Program at the Dylan Thomas Summer School.

For students who want to be considered for funding, the application deadline is September 1 for the January residency and March 1 for the June residency.


Leland Cheuk, Katie Cotugno, Mark Edwards, Sara Farizan, Beth Glass, Michael Graves, Patricia Lynn Gutman, Melanie Henderson, Jasmine Lina, Kathy Park, Claudia Rueda, Amy Yelin, Elizabeth Young