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I am only a writer
I am only a writer

because of the tremendous guidance and encouragement I received from the faculty of Rutgers-Camden’s MFA program. 

Michael Deagler, MFA ’14

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The Rutgers-Camden MFA crew
The Rutgers-Camden MFA crew

is an exciting, diverse, supportive, intellectually rigorous, and imaginatively daring community of writers. I love visiting this program. 

Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! 

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I was with the very first
I was with the very first

MFA cohort at Rutgers Camden, and what immediately struck me was how accessible the core creative writing faculty was. This, I think, is the main strength of the program, that it has an engaged and dedicated faculty. As a student, you really feel that your work is being taken seriously, which is invaluable to anyone trying to learn how to write well.

             Brian Heston 

The Rutgers University-Camden Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
is a 39-credit terminal degree in the theory and practice of writing.

What makes the Rutgers-Camden MFA distinctive? 

We believe that all writers have something to say to one another: poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers alike. So while our students can concentrate in any genre, they are encouraged to enroll in workshops and craft classes in disciplines other than their own. 

What kind of financial aid do you offer? 

Every year, at least 12 fully-funded full-time students teach composition in exchange for tuition remission, health benefits and a stipend of approximately $26,000 per year. We also offer part-time students generous scholarship support. 

Where are you located? 

Rutgers-Camden is housed on a beautiful campus a single train stop from Philadelphia, one of the most vibrant and affordable cities on the East Coast. We’re about 90 minutes from Manhattan and two hours from Washington, D.C.

Who will teach me? 

The poets Gregory Pardlo, Patrick Rosal, and J.T. Barbarese, fiction writers Robin Black, Lauren Grodstein, and Lisa Zeidner, and nonfiction writers Lise Funderburg and Paul Lisicky. We also regularly welcome visiting professors like Karen Russell and Emud Mokhberi. 

How do I apply? 

See our How to Apply page as well as the Graduate and Professional Admissions application. 

Anything else I should know? 

We’re the home of the award-winning literary magazine StoryQuarterly and the NEA-supported Writers in Camden reading series. We offer a variety of international opportunities in Europe, Asia, or South America. We send students into Camden’s public school classrooms to teach creative writing. And we provide an escape to nature through our writing residencies at the Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station. 

Still want to know more? 

See our FAQs or contact us at mfa@camden.rutgers.edu