University of Notre Dame

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Notre Dame, IN
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2025
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Paul Cunningham
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Johannes Göransson, Joyelle McSweeney
Fiction: Dionne Irving Bremyer, Xavier Navarro Aquino, Roy Scranton, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
Nonfiction: Roy Scranton

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding, which includes a stipend and complete tuition scholarship for the duration of the program.

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Other Features: 

While a separate workshop in nonfiction is not offered, writers in the genre are accepted, and the prose workshop regularly addresses both fiction and nonfiction. A number of MFA theses have been in nonfiction.

The program hosts a reading series, as well as opportunities to participate in outreach at local schools, justice centers, and community organizations. Students are also offered opportunities in editorial work for Action Books or the Notre Dame Review.

Second-year MFA students are eligible for one of four prizes: the Sparks Prize (which provides a post-graduation year of residency and writing time), the Center for Social Concerns International Justice Poetry Fellowship (which provides a post-graduation year of residency and writing time), the Mitchell Award, and the Hazo Poetry Award.


Jenny Boully, Michael Collins, Kevin Ducey, Tony D’Souza, Lily Hoang, Ae Hee Lee, Susan Ramsey, Joseph Earl Thomas