Students either teach two classes per semester or, if qualified, can choose to teach one class and work at the university writing center. They also receive a fellowship and teaching-assistantship package for the duration of the three-year program. All graduate assistants teach composition in the first year of the program, but in the second and third years, they are eligible to teach lower-level creative writing courses and may work as tutors in the USF Writing Center. H University of Houston:
The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs The twenty-five programs listed here fully fund a sizable percentage of incoming students, yet still receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.
They are not -- or not yet -- among the very best creative writing MFA programs in the United States, but applicants looking to balance out an application list dominated by highly-ranked, high-selectivity programs would do well to consider, too, some entrants to the following list: Tallahassee gets mixed reviews, and some worry the program has gotten too large for its own good, but it's three years of full funding at a university with not only a creative writing MFA but a top-notch creative writing doctorate, too currently ranked second nationally.
It may not deserve to be a Top 20 program in the national MFA rankingsbut its recent fall in this year's yet-to-be-released rankings to 72 is entirely unwarranted. Right now there's better than even odds it makes a return to the Top 50 next year. The whole operation here gives off a warm vibe, and why not: Yet now it's within hailing distance nine spots of an Honorable Mention classification in the forthcoming national MFA rankings, and it really does deserves to make the jump to that next level.
A better rural Southern program you'd be hard-pressed to find. What was said last year bears repeating, especially with the program making the jump to Honorable Mention status in the national rankings this year: ISU's unique focus on the environment as well as interdisciplinary work and one-on-one mentoring are stand-out features.
Minnesota State University at Mankato.
It's a program you keep hearing good things about, even if you're not entirely sure why. Maybe it's the fact that the English Department offers a total of 30 full-tuition-remission teaching assistantships, and they'll let you stay three years if you want.
Maybe it's the sense that this is a friendly, inviting program. In any event, it makes the list, and while it may not be this grouping's strongest entrant, by all accounts it deserves to be here.
New Mexico State University. For now, we'll take these students at their word. Certainly, the program gives all the signs of hosting a lively literary community, and that's reflected in its slow creep up the national rankings currently As with Minnesota State, it's certainly not the strongest program on this list, but it's nevertheless worth watching.
North Carolina State University. If the rumor's true, you're looking at a possible Top 50 program in the years ahead it's already Top 30 in selectivity, and just outside the Honorable Mention category of the national rankings.
Poet Dorianne Laux is the star of the faculty here. A tiny program in the scenic UP that funds surprisingly well.
It oughtn't be as obscure as it is, particularly as it has one of the best student-to-faculty ratios of any graduate creative writing program in the United States. As with so many -- in fact, far too many -- MFA programs, NMU's website reveals little significant information about the program and thereby does it and its applicants no favors.
But the sense in the creative writing community is that something good is happening here.Boston University, MFA in Creative Writing (Boston, MA): Tuition costs will be covered for every admitted student in the program.
In addition, students will receive university health insurance while they are enrolled and all admitted students will receive stipend support. The nation’s top fifty MFA programs based on popularity, funding, selectivity, fellowship-placement statistics, job-placement statistics, and student-faculty ratios, plus a look at other important program features, such as size, duration, cost of living, and foreign-language requirements.
University of Arizona: “All students admitted to the University of Arizona’s MFA program are fully funded (tuition remission + a stipend + health insurance) for the duration of the program, typically via a GTA position teaching one or two sections of first-year writing (or creative writing, by competitive application) per semester.
In , the stipend for GTAs is $16, for students entering with a master’s degree, . I have never been in, or heard of, a “fully-funded MFA writing program.” Quite the opposite: Where I went for an MFA (U of Iowa) they made it really clear that only about a third of the students got any kind of aid at all.
Except for a couple of nicely paid fellowships, the . Therefore, when it comes to ranking MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree programs in creative writing (a concept which varies from school to school, but may comprise poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and non-fiction), the process of ranking threatens to sink into a slough of subjectivity.
Many individual colleges and universities that offer MFA degrees in creative writing offer information on their websites about MFA programs in general. Such information can be a good starting point for helping you decide whether pursuing an MFA degree is .