Graduate Admissions

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Be Enrolled Part-Time?
Yes. You may attend as a part-time student with a minimum of 6 credits per semester. However, students are strongly encouraged to convert to full-time status, when possible, in order to obtain a greater availability of classes and increase contact with the department and its faculty.
When Do Classes Meet?
All courses meet once per week. Core graduate classes generally meet in the evening, in part to accommodate many students who work during the day. Elective courses may meet during the day or in the evenings.
What Kind of Background Does a Successful Applicant Typically Have?
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. We welcome older, working adults as well as recent college graduates.  The graduate faculty committee asks that you submit your very best work. We are looking for writing with an active, developed sense of scene, story movement, and voice. Any subject is acceptable. In your self-assessment essay, tell us a story about yourself.
Are There Any Program-Specific Scholarships Available?

For a complete listing of College-wide scholarships, click here.

What Facilities Are Available to Your Students?
The Publishing Lab is a student-managed resource center run by the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College designed to assist writers in finding homes for their stories. Our market research cuts down the amount of time writers need to weed through magazines, presses, and gargantuan/costly writing guides by steering them toward magazines and publishers that match their sensibility and experience.
Who Are the Core Faculty?
For a listing of full-time faculty, click here.
Who Are Some Noteworthy Alumni?
MFA alums have been extremely high-achieving individuals, and include:
  • Stephanie Kuehnert
  • Joe Meno
  • Don De Grazia
  • Arnie Bernstein
  • J. Adams Oaks
  • Hugh Holton
  • Marc Paoletti
  • Eileen McVety
  • Christina Katz
  • Michael A. Black
  • Marcus Sakey
  • Drew Ferguson
  • Shelli Johnson
  • Charisse Nesbit
  • Alexis Pride
  • Kathie Bergquist
  • Cris Burks
  • Brian Costello

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