Rutgers University, Newark

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Newark, NJ
Poetry, Fiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 1, 2018
Application Fee: 
Contact Name: 
Melissa Hartland
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Rigoberto González, Rachel Hadas, Cathy Park Hong, Brenda Shaughnessy
Fiction: Alice Elliott Dark, Tayari Jones, John Keene, Jayne Anne Phillips, Akhil Sharma
Nonfiction: James Goodman

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. The program fully funds all admitted full-time students at the in-state rate, as well as through teaching assistantships, part-time lectureships, and part-time positions in the Writing Center. The program allows admitted students to elect to attend part-time, without any funding.

Other Features: 

The program hosts a visiting writers series, the Writers at Newark Reading Series, and the Chancellor's MFA Mentors Program with local Newark high schools. Other features include concentrations in cultural, political, and ethnic studies, literature and book arts, and performance and media studies.


Kevin Catalano, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Saeed Jones, Ryan McIlvain, Gregory Pardlo, Christa Parravani, Robert Pulcini, Evan Roskos, Roberto Santiago, Lisa Tracy