Dominican University of California

MFA Program

Program Established: 
San Rafael, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2023
Application Fee: 
Contact Name: 
Judy Halebsky, Program Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Joan Baranow, Judy Halebsky
Fiction: Kim Culbertson, Claudia Morales
Nonfiction: Thomas Burke, Marianne Rogoff

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers the Matthew Henderson Award which is an endowed scholarship awarded each year on the basis of merit and need. All students receive a tuition discount of $300 each semester including the summer semester. In addition, the Alpha Omicron Rho chapter of the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta offers graduate-level scholarships.

Two student employment positions support co-curricular learning in teaching practicums and publishing practicums.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Students attend two residencies each year, an eight-day residency in January and an eight-day residency in June, at the Dominican University of California campus in San Rafael. Students are also invited to attend monthly writing workshops either on campus or online.

The program also offers a track in narrative/poetic medicine.

The program offers twice yearly Writing for Health and Healing Retreats in which MFA students are invited to lead writing workshops.

The application deadline is December 1 for the January residency and May 1 for the June residency.