Thursday, August 24, 2006


Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, Scriptwriting
Faculty: Martin Lammon, Alice Friman, Allen Gee, Karen Salyer McElmurray, David Muschell, Laura Newbern
Length: some students take 3 years; others, usually those with an MA in English or other relevant degree, take 2 years
# of credits: 42 without an MA in English; 27 with an MA in English
Tuition per year: $4 084 (residents); $16 338 (non-residents)
Application materials: Submit Application for Graduate Admission, $25 application fee, 3 recommendations, GRE/MAT scores, and 2 transcripts to Graduate Admissions; submit statement of purpose and writing sample to MFA program
Deadline: 1 Feb. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Graduate Assistantships/Teaching Fellowships provide for tuition remission and a stipend of $7.6 K per year. Currently, the MFA Program provides for 18 assistantships (total enrollment any given year is 22-24, with 10-12 students accepted per year).
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Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry
Faculty: David Bottoms, Beth Gylys, John Holman, Sheri Joseph, Josh Russell, Leon Stokesbury
Length: At 12 credits per semester, it should take 4 semesters to complete the 48-unit program without an MA in English; students with an MA in English complete a different set of course requirements totaling 36 credits, so in that case it should take 3 semesters
# of credits: 48 without an MA in English; 36 with an MA in English
Tuition per year: Easier to go by semester. Tuition per semester for students taking at least 12 credits per semester is $2 293 (residents); $9 169 (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to Office of Graduate Studies—College of Arts and Sciences: Application for Graduate Study, University Information Application, $50 application fee, 3 recommendations, GRE scores, 2 transcripts, statement of educational and career goals, and critical writing sample (“must be a literary analysis that you wrote in a previous course… represents the quality of your critical thinking and writing skills”); submit to Department of English: writing sample (with 1-page biography, address and contact information)
Deadline: Feb. 15 (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Every year, an incoming graduate student is awarded the Paul Bowles Fellowship in fiction ($5 K for 1 academic year). Assistantships teaching writing to undergraduates are also available. All assistantships carry a full waiver of course tuition during the semester the student is assigned as an assistant; for a limited number of applicants who receive the highest ratings from the graduate admissions committee there are multi-year assistantship grants called Packages, though these are offered only for the fall semester of any given year. (Stipend value for assistantships/Packages not specified). Georgia State is the home of the literary magazines Five Points and GSU Review, and both of these journals provide students with experience in literary editing and magazine publication, though it is not stated whether this is paid experience.
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