FAQ (15)

Visit our How to Apply page for complete application instructions. 

We begin notifying students of their admission status at the end of February. However, please note we have until April 15 to notify all applicants. You may also check the status of your application at Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions

For full-time students, in-state tuition is $8268 and out-of-state is $13,632.  

Yes, we offer teaching assistantships, which are determined by the program’s admissions committee and do not require an additional application. Teaching assistantships usually include the teaching of two sections of undergraduate composition per term in return for a living stipend, tuition remission, and full medical benefits. 

GRE scores are not required for general admission. 

We conduct interviews via Skype after the first round of application review. The purpose of these interviews is to learn more about you as an applicant. If you are being considered for a fellowship that involves teaching, an interview may also involve a conversation with the Director of First Year Writing. This is also an opportunity for you to ask additional questions about the program. You will be informed of your final admission status after the interview stage. 

The writing sample should reflect your best writing. You may submit fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or a combination thereof. Length requirements are as follows: 20-30 pages of prose (double-spaced), 10 pages of poetry (poetry can be single-spaced), or a combination of 10-15 pages of prose and 5 pages of poetry. The work should be submitted as a Word of PDF attachment to mfa@camden.rutgers.edu. Please put your name and the genre(s) of work in your email subject line. You will receive acknowledgement of the work via email.

No. In fact, many of our students have had training or work experience in quite different fields before deciding to pursue their writing.

We do offer courses in both playwriting and screenwriting every few semesters, but we do not accept theses in these genres.

Full-time students typically complete the degree in two yearsWe normally do not fund students beyond two years. 

Yes. Upon approval, you can transfer in a maximum of 12 credits from another graduate degree and apply them toward the MFA degree.

We do not accept auditor or nonmatriculated students in our MFA classes. Our classes are open only to students who have been accepted into the degree program.

MFA students may choose to live on- or off-campus. Visit Housing and Residence Life for information about our on-campus graduate dormitory. Off-campus, affordable housing is readily available in Philadelphia, Camden, and other South Jersey communities, including Collingswood and Haddonfield. Rutgers-Camden is located near the Camden City Hall stop of the PATCO high speed train line. The train to Center City Philadelphia takes 10 minutes and 10-15 minutes to nearby South Jersey communities.

We are happy to put you in touch with a current MFA student. Please send your request to mfa@camden.rutgers.edu