FAQ (17)

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Every year, 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.
Please let us know in your personal statement, making sure to include your specific scholarly interests.

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.  For part-time students, in-state tuition is $689.00 per credit and out-of-state is $1136.00 per credit.

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 do not require interviews as part of the application process, and prefer to meet with students individually after we have received their full application. We do, however, require interviews with applicants being considered for a teaching assistantship.

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 will be able to complete the degree in two years if they participate in the Summer Writer’s Workshop or attend outside conferences or residencies. Students may also attend part-time, taking up to five years to complete the degree. Most classes are held in the evening to accommodate the schedules of those who work during the day.

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