University of Pittsburgh

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 7, 2017
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Jesse Daugherty
Core Faculty Includes: 

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

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program fully funds all students through teaching and graduate assistantships, as well as fellowships. The program also awards the Turow-Kinder Prize in Fiction, Brown Award, Block Award, and Academy of American Poets Prize.

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