city view at night
streetcar on market
flowers at Kalmanovitz
Shurin and Brady
Kalmanovitz front door
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reading series speaker
MFA students and Kate Brady
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FAQ

How can I find out more about the program?

Please read all of the items under the MFA in Writing menu located to the right of this page. If you attend an Information Meeting you will receive an application fee waiver.

When does the program begin?

All new students begin the program with a required weekend orientation in mid-August before the start of the fall semester.

How do I apply and what are the required application items?

Applications are submitted online. Please visit the How to Apply link located to the right of this page.

When is the application deadline, how do I check my application status, and when do I find out if I’ve been admitted?

Please visit the How to Apply link located to the right of this page.

Can I reapply?

Former applicants are eligible to reapply. You will need to submit a new online application form, statement of purpose, writing sample, and résumé. The Office of Graduate Programs will have your transcripts and letters of recommendation from the previous year.

What are the tuition costs and how long does it take to complete the program?

The curriculum is composed of 33 required units, which includes four workshops, five seminars, and two semesters of thesis work. It takes slightly over 2 ½ years to complete the program.

Please visit the Financial Aid and Tuition link located to the right of this page for tuition costs. The cost per unit is frozen for MFA students for the 29 months that it takes to complete the program.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Please visit the Financial Aid and Tuition link located to the right of this page.

If you are interested in financial aid for the fall 2014, spring 2015, and summer 2015 semesters, a FAFSA 2014/2015 application needs to be submitted. Once the FASFA is submitted, it usually takes about a week to receive an award letter from USF.

Are fellowships available?

Yes. For more information visit the Fellowships link to the right of this page.

Are teaching assistantships available?

We offer TAships in conjunction with undergraduate English courses. Although the number varies each semester, usually 5-8 positions are available.

Do students work while attending the program?

Many of our students work full-time, and some lighten their professional workload in anticipation of school/writing.

Is there campus housing available?

Please visit the USF Housing link located to the right of this page.