William Paterson University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Wayne, NJ
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
John Parras
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Timothy Liu, Christopher Salerno
Fiction: Marina Budhos, Philip Cioffari, John Parras, Martha Witt
Nonfiction: Cris Beam, David Borkowski, Brad Gooch

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding (tuition plus stipend) for two Graduate Assistants and partial funding (up to six credits of tuition reimbursement each semester) for two to four teaching assistants.

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Other Features: 

The program hosts the annual Spring Writer’s Conference, and a program with the Playwright’s Theater of New Jersey through which professional actors and directors arrange live performances of student writing.

The program is accepting applications to its five-year accelerated BA/MFA program; prospective students should apply by May 30.

Application are accepted year-round. The deadline for students applying for a graduate assistantship is February 1; the suggested deadline for spring admission is November 15 and May 30 for fall admission.