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MFA Program

Program Established: 
1980
Location: 
Oakland, CA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Approximately 30
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
$50
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

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

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through a limited number of competitive, full-tuition fellowships in writing and community engagement. Part-time graduate assistantships are also available and provide valuable experience in teaching, tutoring, and arts administration.

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: 

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.