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MFA Program

Program Established: 
1980
Location: 
Oakland, CA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Low
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Approximately 30
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2021
Application Fee: 
$50
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Juliana Spahr, Truong Tran, Stephanie Young
Prose: Elmaz Abinader, Patricia Powell, Kathryn Reiss

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through part-time graduate assistantships which provide experience in teaching, tutoring, and arts administration. Part-time positions are also available through the We Are the Voices We Have Been Waiting For project, made possible with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

580 Split, a student-run annual journal of arts and literature, features innovative and risk-taking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.

Other Features: 

Mills's new Flex Res MFA offers a program that enables students to earn a degree in poetry or prose their way. Whether students are interested in traditional classes, individualized mentoring, or both, the program offers students the flexibility to decide how they want to learn each semester.

The Place for Writers, staffed by Mills graduate students, produces programs and events that build relationships outside the classroom, such as the Works in Progress reading series and the Contemporary Writers Series featuring talks with renowned writers.

Mills offers a composition and rhetoric assistantship program for students to gain classroom experience in a diverse, rigorous undergraduate setting. Students also have opportunities to tutor (including bilingual opportunities) and work in local community college courses, where we have an outstanding placement record for alumnae. 

The fall priority deadline for applications is January 15. After January 15, rolling admissions are conducted on a space-available basis.