Thursday, August 24, 2006


Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry
Faculty: Tony Ardizzone, Catherine Bowman, Richard Cecil, Maurice Manning, John McCluskey Jr., Alyce Miller, Scott Russell Sanders, Maura Stanton, Samrat Upadhyay
Length: 3 years
# of credits: 60
Tuition per year: $5084 (residents); $13 206 (non-residents)
Application materials: Submit to IU Graduate School: Online Application to Graduate School, $50 application fee; submit to Creative Writing Program: 3 recommendations, GRE scores (GRE general test required; GRE subject test in English not required, but if you’ve taken it they’d like to see the results), transcript, personal statement, statement about the teaching of creative writing, writing sample
Deadline: 15 Jan. (fall), no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Each student in the program receives financial aid, usually in the form of a graduate teaching assistantship, and all or nearly all incoming students are awarded supplemental fellowships, which reduce the teaching load during the first year. (2004-05 first-year teaching assistantships began at $12 150 and covered tuition and most fees—no later figures are available.) Aid is typically for 3 years, during which Associate Instructors (AI’s) teach 3 courses annually. Students have the opportunity to work with the Indiana Review and the summer Indiana University Writers Conference; summer teaching and stipends are also offered. More fellowship info: exceptional students are awarded $1 K to $10 K fellowships by the department (these are comprehensive rather than “per year”). University fellowships can go as high as $14 K to $17 K per year plus tuition, or $1.5 K per year plus reduction of tuition to resident rates.
Acceptances per year: 12 (6 fiction, 6 poetry)
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Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry
Faculty: Patricia Henley, Porter Shreve, Sharon Solwitz, Marianne Boruch, Mary Leader, Donald Platt, Bich Minh Nguyen
Length: 3 years
# of credits: 42
Tuition per year: Easier to go by semester. Tuition per semester is $3 708 (residents); $11 112 (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to Graduate School: Application for Admission, $55 application fee; submit to English Graduate Office: 3 recommendations, GRE scores, 2 transcripts, statement of purpose, critical writing sample (10-12 pages of an English course essay), creative writing sample accompanied by brief written statement answering these questions: “Whose work do you admire? What collection of poetry and/or works of fiction read in the last year have been important to you, and why?”
Deadline: Feb. 1 (fall); contact department for info/deadline concerning spring admissions (on rare occasions students are admitted in the spring, but teaching assistantships are only available for fall admission)
Financial Aid: Teaching Assistantships provide a stipend of approximately $12 K for 10 months and remission of tuition and most fees (including health insurance), plus merit raises. Most doctoral- and masters-level students receive them. A few merit fellowships provide tax-free stipends of more than $13 K for 12 months and remission of tuition and fees.
Total enrollment: Student-faculty ratio is 3.5-1; with 7 faculty members that’s an enrollment of 24.5, which means this is one of the small and selective programs
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Subject areas: Prose (Fiction and Nonfiction), Poetry
Faculty: Cornelius Eady, Joyelle McSweeney, Orlando Menes, William O’Rourke, Valerie Sayers, Frances Sherwood, Steve Tomasula
Length: 2 years
# of credits: 36
Tuition per year: $35 040
Application materials: Submit all materials to the Graduate Admissions Office: Graduate School Application, $35 application fee (before Dec. 1) or $50 application fee (after Dec. 1), 3 recommendations (in duplicate)—for each recommendation include a waiver of access, GRE scores, 2 transcripts, 2 copies of a statement of intent, 1 copy of a writing sample
Deadline: 1 Feb. (fall)—GRE’s taken no later than the Dec. test date; no spring admissions
Financial Aid: All accepted students receive full tuition waivers. Applicants are also considered for additional support including teaching and administrative assistantships and the Nicholas Sparks Fellowships, which involve: assistantships on the Notre Dame Review, summer internships at New York publishing houses and literary agencies, and the Sparks Prize (a competition open to 2nd-year students in which the prize is a year’s time to write).
# of entering students: 10 per year
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