For a few blessed people, it’s a time and place where magic happens: a writer scores an agent, an editor finds just the writer she’s been looking for, a poet makes his first sale. Or at least good fodder for happy-hour conversation.
To that end, here are some numbers to consider: Number of MFA programs in 2008 156 In 2016 244 Number of creative writing Ph D programs in 2008 37 In 2016 50 Estimated number of online MFA programs in 2016 8 Number of open tenure-track creative writing positions in 2015 171 In 2016 119 Estimated total number of applications submitted to MFA programs last year 20,000 Number of applicants the Iowa Writers’ Workshop received last year for fiction 1,041 Number of applicants for poetry 322 Total number of applicants accepted to both programs 50 Estimated number of newly minted MFA graduates each year in the United States 3,000 Estimated two-year cost to attend Columbia University’s MFA program (tuition and fees) $124,000 Average cost to attend a full-residency MFA program (tuition and fees) $20,180 To attend a low-residency MFA program (tuition and fees) $31,184 Average salary of an assistant professor of English at a four-year institution in 2016 $58,242 Average number of tenure-track faculty per creative writing program in 2011 5.1 In 2016 4.9 Estimated number of books sold by Danielle Steel, best-selling author alive 800 million Number of MFAs held by Ms.
The letter writers offer good “commonsensical” advice. Don’t simply look at a list of numbers and apply to the first ten.
acceptance / advice / anxiety / application / application process / applications / applying / Creative Nonfiction / creative non fiction / creative writing / Fiction / first year / fully funded / funding / grad school / graduate school / inspiration / Introduction / low-res / MA / memoir / MFA / Mizzou / moving / MSc / Older Student / personal / Poetry / post application / reading / rejection / Stonecoast / Stony Brook Manhattan / Stony Brook Southampton / Stony Brook University / Teaching / UCR / UC Riverside / university of alabama / University of Alaska-Fairbanks / University of Edinburgh / UNM / waitlist / Workshop / writing Last updated: 1/7/18 Number of programs: 56 Below is a list of MFA and MA programs that fully fund ALL of their students.
In 2016, the stipend for GTAs is $16,120 for students entering with a master’s degree, and $14,808 for those without.
Students are also eligible for Foundation awards and other sources of funding such as travel and research grants.” – Creative Writing Program Director, Ander Monson Arizona State University: “Currently, all students admitted to the MFA program who submit a complete and approved teaching assistantship application are awarded a TA by the Department of English.“Why wouldn’t you ask those who’ve actually eaten there for an informed opinion? programs: it’s not black and white, and when you think about it, programs like these aren’t really that rankable.”But that doesn’t get at the heart of the problem of ranking M. What if your favorite writer teaches at a program at the bottom of the list?If you’re unsure about the status of a program’s funding, it’s always best to ask them directly.NOTE: As of March 2017, if a program on this list stops fully funding all admitted students, they will be removed immediately.Other graduate fellowships worth ,000 per year for up to four years are also available.Translation students working from Middle-Eastern languages such as Arabic or Hebrew are eligible for non-teaching fellowships of ,000 per year.” Auburn University (MA) Boise State University: “100% of admitted applicants receive a teaching assistantship or graduate assistantship.Not fully disclosing your program’s financial status to applicants is misleading, and it will not and should not be tolerated.University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa: “All students admitted to the MFA program are guaranteed up to four years of full financial support.They will then need to fully fund all students for at least ONE academic year before we will add them again. If a program is removed and then promises to fully fund students again for the next application cycle, they will NOT be added right away.We have had a few instances of programs either outright lying on their websites about funding, or dancing around the subject when we contact them.