Mount St. Mary’s University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Los Angeles, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
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Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
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Contact Name: 
Johnny Payne
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Thomas Cook, JoAnna Novak, Johnny Payne
Fiction: Juana Moriel, JoAnna Novak, Johnny Payne
Nonfiction: Juana Moriel
Screenwriting: Brian McAuley, Alaric Rocha
Writing for Media: Jehnovah Carlisle, Brian McAuley, Bradley Minnick, Alaric Rocha

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Students can also complete their degrees in playwriting, screenwriting, writing for media, and publishing. Core faculty for the publishing concentration includes Thomas Cook.

The program offers bilingual study (English and Spanish), opportunities for study in Book Arts, study abroad options, and is the first creative writing MFA program to integrate virtual reality into its teaching. We also offer a certificate in Latin American and Latinx Creative Studies, and one in Publishing and Editing, each 15 units. 

Students attend six non-consecutive weekend residencies each semester at the Doheny Campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. The program also offers a fully online option.

The program is home to the Rush, an online literary magazine run by MFA students, and hosts visiting artists, a reading series, and an annual writing conference.