Thursday, August 24, 2006


Subject areas: Poetry, Fiction
Faculty: Lawrence Coates, Wendell Mayo, Sharona Muir, Larissa Szporluk, Nancy Lord, Karen Craigo, Michael Czyzniejewski, Theresa Williams, John Wylam
Length: 2 years
Tuition per year: Easier to go by credit. Tuition is $471 per credit (residents) or $820 (non-residents). The degree is 40 credits, and amounts to about $19 K (residents) or $33 K (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to Graduate Admissions: Graduate College Application Form, $30 application fee, GRE scores, and 2 transcripts; submit to Department of English: MFA Application Form, 3 recommendations, statement of purpose, sample of critical writing, portfolio
Deadline: 15 Feb. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Students can apply for 2-year graduate teaching assistantships, which entail $7 864 for the academic year plus a full tuition waiver and $50 health insurance refund per semester.
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***Shares a Creative Writing MFA Program with Kent State, Youngstown State, and the University of Akron--called the NEOMFA or Northeast Ohio MFA consortium***
Subject areas: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Literary Translations
Faculty: Neal Chandler, Michael Geither, John Gerlach, Sheila Schwartz
Length: 2 years
Tuition per year: $11 K (residents); $14.5 to $20.5 K (non-residents; “determined by the number of credits the student is transferring to Cleveland State”)
Application materials: Submit Application for Graduate Admission, $30 application fee, 3 recommendations, and transcript to Office of Graduate Admissions; submit statement of purpose and portfolio to NEOMFA Director by e-mail at; GRE not required
Deadline: Fall admissions: All materials should be submitted by 1 Feb. for graduate assistantship consideration; if interested in admission only, submit the materials for the NEOMFA Director by 1 Mar., and submit the materials for the Cleveland State Office of Graduate Admissions by mid-July (6 weeks before the start of classes). No spring admissions.
Financial Aid: Graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver and a stipend (value not specified). Each year, the English Department also awards a tuition scholarship of $1 K through the Leonard Trawick Scholarship Fund and tuition scholarships of approximately $3 K as prizes in creative writing contests.
Web address: (website of Northeast Ohio Universities Consortium for MFA in Creative Writing); (website of Cleveland MFA)

Subject areas: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Faculty: Lee K. Abbott, Kathy Fagan, Michelle Herman, Andrew Hudgins, Lee Martin, Erin McGraw, Dick Davis, Angie Estes, Stephen Kuusisto, Jeredith Merrin
Length: “Normally, the degree is completed within 5 to 7 quarters of full-time graduate work” (a quarter is half a semester)
Tuition per year: Easier to go by quarter. Degree is 70 credits, so you complete at least 10 credits per quarter to complete the degree in 5 to 7 quarters. Quarterly tuition for 10+ credits is $3 K (residents) or $7.5 K (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to Graduate Admissions: Online Graduate Application, $40 application fee (paid by credit card on online application), GRE scores, and transcript. Submit to Department of English: at least 3 recommendations, transcript, autobiographical statement, critical writing sample, creative writing sample, and resume/vitae.
Deadline: 31 Dec. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: The English Department employs a number of graduate teaching associates, who are awarded a stipend of at least $11 395 (tuition remission not mentioned) for 1 year. There are also graduate administrative associates and graduate research associates (conditions for these two types of positions, such as stipend value and tuition remission, are not specified).
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