Kansas State University

MA Program

Program Established: 
1980
Location: 
Manhattan, KS
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
5-15
Application Deadline: 
August 1, 2019
Application Fee: 
$65 ($75 for international applicants)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Tracy Brimhall
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Traci Brimhall, Elizabeth Dodd
Fiction: Daniel A. Hoyt, Katherine Karlin, Chris Nelson
Creative Nonfiction: Elizabeth Dodd

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. Most MA students qualify to be graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and are provided valuable teaching experience as well as financial support.

GTAs usually teach three sections of Expository Writing per year and participate in a teacher advisory program. GTAs with seniority may teach fewer sections and gain supervised experience in the department's writing center.

The stipend for a nine-month contract is $12,000. All teaching assistantships come with a full tuition waiver and the opportunity to enroll in the university’s health insurance program. GTAs are sometimes given opportunities to teach in summer school.

New MA students may compete for additional scholarships, which are usually awarded as supplements or additions to a GTA award.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The Creative Writing Program offers workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and features individualized attention from highly published, award-winning faculty. In addition to taking writing workshops, creative writing students receive both a broad and specialized education in the traditions of British and American literature. Students in the program have the opportunity to serve on the editorial staff of Touchstone, K-State’s annual literary journal, or teach in our summer Young Writers’ Program for middle-schoolers.

Each year the Visiting Writers Program brings to campus nationally and internationally known writers. Recent visitors include Ross Gay, Victor LaValle, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Steven Church, Camille Dungy, Roxane Gay, R. O. Kwon, and Deji Olukotun. These writers give public readings and lectures, visit classes, and read and discuss student works in individual tutorial sessions.

The application deadline is August 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term. For international applications, the deadline is July 1 for the spring term and December 1 for the fall term.

The priority deadline is February 1 to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship or departmental scholarship or fellowship. For applications received after February 1, GTAs are awarded as available.