San Jose State University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
San Jose, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Alan Soldofsky
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Sally Ashton (Visitng Faculty), Alan Soldofsky
Fiction: Selena Anderson, Keenen Norris, Nick Taylor
Nonfiction: Thomas Moriarty, Keenan Norris
Playwriting/Screenwriting: Matthew Spangler

Recent Lurie Distinguished Authors-in-Residence include Cristina Garcia, Vendela Vida, Andrew Sean Greer,  Don George, ZZ Packer, and Faith Adiele. In Spring 2021: Ellen Bass. 

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. Up to six Graduate Fellowships are offered to first-year students (with admission), covering the cost of one-year's California resident tuition. The program offers 5-8 teaching associate positions to selected students in the second year of the program, as well as departmental and Graduate College scholarships, fellowships, and internships. 

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Reed Magazine, Orchard Valley Review

Other Features: 

The program also offers a degree in playwriting/screenwriting.

The program requires students to study in two genres, with workshops and seminars offered in the late afternoon and evenings. The program also hosts readings, conversations, the Lurie Author-in-Residence program, and master classes in collaboration with the Center for Literary Arts. The program also offers internships and professional development courses in composition pedagogy and literary editing and publishing.


Daniel Arnold, Sally Ashton, Darrell Dela Cruz, Erica Goss, Mark Heinlein, Samantha Lé, Peter Nathaniel Malae, Neli Moody, Anne Jennings Paris, C. J. Sage, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Brian Wood, Marina Adair, Kym Cunningham, Laura Gularte, Jennifer Walieck.