University of Pittsburgh

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 7, 2019
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Jesse Daugherty
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Yona Harvey, Dawn Lundy Martin
Fiction: Fiona Cheong, Angie Cruz, William Lychack, Irina Reyn
Nonfiction: Erin Anderson, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Michael Meyer, Peter Trachtenberg
Digital Narrative: Erin Anderson

Past visiting writers include poets Jenny Johnson and Rickey Laurentiis and fiction writers Mary Gaitskill and Allison Amend.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding, which includes an annual stipend, full tuition benefits, and other benefits such as health coverage.

The program also administers three graduate writing awards: the Turow-Kinder Prize for Fiction, the Graduate Nonfiction Award, and the Academy of American Poets/Graduate Poetry Award.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series. Other features include internships with the website, which aggregates online nonfiction; courses in digital literature and literary medical journalism; travel grants to attend conferences and present papers; and University of Pittsburgh Press, which awards the annual Drue Heinz Prize for Literature and the annual Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry.


Terrance Hayes, Rebecca Skloot, Judith Vollmer