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?
Beginning in Fall 2017, the program will offer all admitted full-time students full financial support, including tuition remission and a living stipend. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information.
Tell me more about the Interdisciplinary MFA fellowships.
Every year, in addition to a number of traditional TA students, we accept 4 – 5 students who have specific interests in scholarly topics. For instance, let’s say you’re a poet who wants to address the criminal justice system in your work. Once you’re accepted, we’ll pair you with a professor in the Rutgers-Camden Criminal Justice department who will oversee your work. You’ll complete two independent studies during your time here with that professor, and you’ll write a thesis that addresses your research. Interdisciplinary MFA students are paid a stipend of between $10,000 and $12,000. They are also given the opportunity to teach composition for approximately $6000 per class. How do I let you know I’m interested in becoming an Interdisciplinary MFA student? Please let us know in your personal statement, making sure to include your specific scholarly interests.
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?
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.
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