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

A special message from the MFA faculty regarding Fall 2021 Admission                                                                           

Like many universities, Rutgers is facing significant challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. We are still uncertain how these challenges will affect core parts of the MFA mission, including fully funding our students. We welcome your applications, but we do not yet know what the funding model will be for students accepted to the 2021-22 class. 
As of January 2021, we anticipate that the program will be able to offer teaching assistantships to a number of admitted, full-time students. TAships pay a stipend and are accompanied by tuition remission. There may also be limited support for part-time students. 
Rutgers-Camden also offers a new Writing Track within its MA in English. Several creative writing professors teach courses in that track. While it is not fully funded, the MA offers generous scholarship assistance. 
Please continue to check this website for further information. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.


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? 

Please see the statement above. 

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 after-school programs 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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