Chatham University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2009
Location: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
5–7
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
$0 ($45 for paper applications)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sheila Squillante
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Dilruba Ahmed, Heather McNaugher, Rachel Mennies, Sheila Squillante
Fiction: Kathy Ayres, Karen Bender, Sherrie Flick, Derek Green, Marc Nieson
Nonfiction: Mel Fox, Paul Hertneky, Suzanne Roberts, Sheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain

Recent/Visiting Faculty Includes:
Poetry: Camille Dungy, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Philip Metres, Jeff Oaks
Fiction: Christopher Barzak, Wiley Cash, Sherrie Flick, Pam Houston, Tim Parrish
Nonfiction: Kathleen Fallon, Lori Jakiela, BK Loren, Kathryn Miles, Dinty W. Moore, Ira Sukrungruang

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Students attend a 10-day residency each July at the Chatham University's Eden Hall Farm Campus in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania.

The program also offers a track for children's writing/YA.

The program offers the opportunity for a dual-genre focus, as well as as possible concentrations in food writing, nature writing, travel writing, publishing, and social engagement.

A post-baccalaureate Certificate of Completion in Travel Writing can be completed in two semesters plus one summer, in full- or low-residency format. The program features craft workshops, a travel writing course, an international or national field seminar, and the Summer Community of Writers residency. Credits can be transferred into the MFA program.

The priority application deadline for the fall semester is April 15; the priority application deadline for the spring semester is November 15. Admissions are made on a rolling basis.