Thursday, August 24, 2006


Subject areas: Prose, Poetry, Drama
Faculty: James Bennett, Rick Blackwood, Andrei Codrescu, Moira Crone, Femi Euba, Rodger Kamenetz, Mari Kornhauser, Bret Lott, Laura Mullen, David Madden, James Wilcox
Length: “Most students complete the program in 2 ½ to 3 years.”
# of credits: at least 48
Tuition per year: Easier to go by semester. Tuition per semester is $2 235.50 (residents) or $6 385.50 (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to Office of Graduate Admissions: Application for Admission to Graduate Degree Program, $25 application fee, GRE scores, transcript. Submit to English Department: list of courses taken in English, transcript, writing sample. Personal statement and recommendations not mentioned.
Deadline: 25 Jan. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: LSU provides teaching and editorial assistantships. Teaching assistants are awarded full tuition waivers for the entire 3 years of the program, as well as “supplements and enhancements” (value not specified). The conditions of editorial assistantships with The Southern Review, The Exquisite Corpse, or the New Delta Review (in terms of stipend value and tuition remission) are not specified.
# of students in program: 25-30
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Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry
Faculty: Neil O’Boyle Connelly, Morri Creech
Length: 3 years
# of credits: 60
Tuition per year: Easier to go by semester. Tuition per semester is $1 396 (residents) or $4 429 (non-residents). BUT: These rates are taken from what seems to be the only table concerning tuition and fees, and it isn’t specified whether it’s for graduate or undergraduate students.
Application materials: First, submit a 1-page letter and writing sample to Neil Connelly (fiction applicants) or Morri Creech (poetry applicants). If they decide they’re interested in you, you can apply to the university. Submit to Office of Admissions: Application for Graduate School Admission, $20 application fee, GRE scores, transcript; recommendations not mentioned.
Deadline: This isn’t specified for domestic students; for international students it’s 15 May (fall), 15 Oct. (spring). (Not specified, either, whether entry has to start in the fall or can also start in the spring.)
Financial Aid: “Virtually all of our MFA grad students work as Teaching Assistants, though the competition for these spots is quite fierce. If you are awarded a Teaching Assistantship, your tuition is waived and you receive a stipend of $9000, paid out every two weeks when class is session.” (This is a direct quote from the site: don’t assume you’ll get $9 K every two weeks; it probably is a yearly or semesterly sum.)
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Subject areas: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting
Faculty: Rick Barton, Randolph Bates, Joseph Boyden, Carol Gelderman, John Gery, J. Stephen Hank, Bill Lavender, Phil Karnell, Joanna Brent Leake, Kay Murphy
Length: 2 years
# of credits: 45
Tuition per year: Easier to go by semester. Tuition per semester is $1 592 (residents); $5 144 (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to Office of Graduate Admissions: Application for Admission, $40 application fee, GRE scores, transcript; submit to Director of Creative Writing Workshop: CWW Application for Admission, 3 recommendations, personal essay, writing sample (if applicable, also submit to the Director an Application for Graduate Assistantship—this will require its own statement of purpose).
Deadline: 1 Feb. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Assistantships are available in teaching Freshman Composition, tutoring in the Writing Center, and working with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Stipends are $8.1 K for students who teach 3 courses per academic year, $5.4 K for those who teach 2 per academic year, and $4.9 K for students who work 12 hrs./wk. in non-teaching positions. All assistants also receive full tuition waivers. Any student who has held an assistantship for an academic year is entitled to a tuition waiver for the summer term as well. Assistantships are normally renewable for a 2nd year.
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