San Jose State University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
San Jose, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2017
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Alan Soldofsky
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Persis Karim, Samuel Maio, Alan Soldofsky
Fiction: John Engell, Nick Taylor
Nonfiction: Cathleen Miller

The 2016 Lurie Distinguished Author-in-Residence was novelist and poet Cristina Garcia; The 2017 Lurie Distinguished Author-in-Residence will be novelist and editor Vendala Vida.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers teaching associate positions, scholarships, and internships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Reed Magazine, Orchard Valley Review

Other Features: 

The program also offers a degree in playwriting/scriptwriting.

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