Pacific University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Forest Grove, OR
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
15-20 per semester
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2022
Application Fee: 
$50 for one genre, $75 for two genres
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Scott Korb, Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Ellen Bass, Eduardo C. Corral, Kwame Dawes, Dorianne Laux, Shara McCallum, Joseph Millar, Mahtem Shiferraw, Paul Tran

Fiction: Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll, Pete Fromm, Frank X. Gaspar, Molly Gloss, Cate Kennedy, Valerie Laken, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Willy Vlautin, Kellie Wells, De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Nonfiction: Chris Abani (multi-genre), Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Claire Dederer, Mike Magnuson, Kao Kalia Yang

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers merit and need-based scholarships, including the Mapmakers Scholarship, to exceptional students of color and the Katherine Dunn Scholarship, awarded to exceptional female students in need. The program also offers teaching associate positions to MFA graduates. In addition, the program offers the Mapmakers Teaching Assistantship and the Mapmakers Alumni Institute, teaching and ongoing outreach opportunities for students and alumni who’ve been awarded the Mapmakers Scholarship.

Other Features: 

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in January and June, and one final 10-day residency at the end of the program. The June residency takes place at the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove, Oregon, and the January residency takes place in the beachside resort town of Seaside, Oregon. The program hosts a nightly reading series, lectures, panels, roundtable discussions, and the annual storytelling event BoxerSlam. Other features include the opportunity to take an elective semester in disciplines such as digital publishing, playwriting, or screenwriting.

The priority application deadline is September 1 for the spring term and March 1 for the fall term. The program accepts applications two and a half months after the priority deadlines for each semester, November 15 and May 15 for respective semesters.

As part of the program’s mission to welcome writers from underrepresented communities, we offer a Masterclass for Writers of Color, online, once per term.


Jamaica Baldwin, Michelle Bitting, Catherine-Esther Cowie, Anastasia Edel, Bryan Allen Fierro, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Pingmei Lan, Mariana Lin, Marti Mattia, Lisa Allen Ortiz, Deborah Reed, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Sam Roxas-Chua