University of Virginia

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Charlottesville, VA
Poetry, Fiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2022
Application Fee: 
Contact Name: 
Jeb Livingood
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Rita Dove, Debra Nystrom, Kiki Petrosino, Lisa Russ Spaar, Brian Teare
Fiction: Rahib Alameddine, Jane Alison, Jeb Livingood, Micheline Marcom

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. All admitted students receive $20,000 in fellowships or wages each academic year in the standard three-year program. There is an option to graduate after two years. First-year students have no teaching obligations. Second-year students teach one section of intro poetry or fiction writing each term. Third-year students teach two courses per term, primarily composition.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts the Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program and the Rea Writer Series, which includes visits and one-on-one conferences with notable writers. The program also awards the $15,000 Henfield Prize, given for the best work of fiction written by a student in the program.

Students are not required to take the GREs for admission.


Adam Giannelli, Chad Harbach, Eleanor Henderson, Greg Jackson, Erika Meitner, Thomas Pierce, Hannah Pittard, Safiya Sinclair, Austin Smith