Naropa University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Boulder, CO
Not Genre-Specific
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
5-15 each year
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Jeffrey Pethybridge, Chair
Core Faculty Includes: 

Mairead Case, Valerie Hsiung, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Michelle Naka Pierce, Chris Pusateri, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Andrew Schelling, and Anne Waldman.

Brandon Shimoda will serve as guest faculty in fall 2022.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers Berrigan, Creeley, and Kerouac Scholarships; four Zora Neale Hurston Scholarships; one Leslie Scalapino Award; one kari edwards Award; Charles B. Edison Jinpa Scholarships; W.E.B. DuBois Scholarships; and Naropa Honor Scholarships and Naropa Presidential Scholarships.

Other Features: 

Students attend three residencies each year: a long weekend residency that coincides with symposia in both fall and spring as well as a week-long residency in June as part of the Summer Writing Program. The residencies all take place at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

The program offers an open-genre degree with coursework in poetry, prose, and cross-genre.