Mills College

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Oakland, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Approximately 30
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2022
Application Fee: 
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: 
Other Features: 

The program’s 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.

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.