Mississippi University for Women

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2015
Location: 
Columbus, MS
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
10-15 per year
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2019
Application Fee: 
$25
Contact Name: 
Kendall Dunkelberg, Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Kendall Dunkelberg, T. K. Lee
Fiction: Mary Miller, Brandy T. Wilson
Nonfiction: Mary Miller, Brandy T. Wilson
Translation: Kendall Dunkelberg
Playwriting: T. K. Lee

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through scholarships. All students pay in-state tuition rates.

Other Features: 

Students can also study playwriting and translation, in addition to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The program also offers practical courses including Internships, Literary Magazine Production, and Writing for New Media. Cross-genre work is encouraged, and drama students can take classes in and collaborate with The W’s low-residency MFA in Theatre Education program.

Visiting writers that teach in the program include Ellen Ann Fentress, Jacqueline Trimble, Paulette Boudreaux, Nahal Suzanne Jamir, and L. Lamar Wilson. The program also hosts the annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium.

The program offers flexible residency options. To graduate, a student must attend two full residencies (ten days in May) and two short residencies (five days in October or at other times) at the Mississippi University for Women campus in Columbus, Mississippi. Students are expected to complete the program in two to six years if part-time.

The priority application deadline for the fall semester is March 1. The final deadline is June 30 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.