Thursday, August 24, 2006


Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry
Faculty: Martin Corless-Smith, Janet Holmes, Brady Udall, Mitch Wieland
Length: 3 years
# of credits: 48
Tuition per year: $5 240 (residents); $13 408 (non-residents)
Application materials: Submit to Graduate Admissions Office: Graduate Admissions Application, $55 application fee, GRE scores, transcript; submit to MFA Program Director: 3 recommendations, letter of intent, writing sample
Deadline: 15. Feb (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: 13 teaching assistantships are offered over a 3-year period, with the number of new assistantships available each fall varying from 2 to 6. Teaching assistantships carry stipends of $9.2 K per year plus a waiver of in-state or out-of-state tuition and fees. 2 graduate assistantships are also offered by the program—one to assist the director and one to assist in the production of The Idaho Review and cold-drill. Graduate assistantships carry a stipend of $7 659 per year plus a waiver of in-state or out-of-state tuition and fees. Assistantships are renewable for subsequent years given satisfactory performance.
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Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Faculty: Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew, Ron McFarland, Daniel Orozco, Joy Passanante, Robert Wrigley
Length: 3 years
# of credits: 54
Tuition per year: Easier to go by semester. Residents pay $2 475 per semester; non-residents pay resident tuition in addition to an extra $5 040 per semester, totaling $7 515 per semester.
Application materials: Submit all materials to Graduate Admissions Office: Application for Graduate Admission, $55 application fee, 3 recommendations, transcript, statement of purpose, writing sample, and vitae; no GRE required
Deadline: Materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office are forwarded to the English Department following review. The deadline for all materials to reach the English Department is 1 Feb., so you should begin the applications process to the Graduate Admissions Office no later than 1 Jan. (before the turn of the year is not too early) to ensure that materials are forwarded to the English Department on time. This is all for fall admissions; there are no spring admissions.
Financial Aid: The English Department has a number of Teaching Assistantships available for outstanding applicants. Stipends change from year to year, but current TA’s are paid approximately $11.6 K for the academic year, with a remission of all non-resident fees. To students who hope to teach, the department will sometimes award Grace V. Nixon Scholarships (usually $1 K to $1.5 K) which are renewable throughout the three-year course of study.
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