Thursday, August 24, 2006


Subject areas: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction (with a focus on environment, nature and travel writing)
Faculty: Melanie Fox, Marc Nieson, Peter Oresick, Adale Sholock, Randall Silvis, Michael Simms, Sheryl St. Germain, Karen Williams
Length: 2 years
Tuition per year: Easier to go by cost of entire program. Tuition is $622 per credit; program is 42 credits. Total cost of degree is about $26 K.
Application materials: Submit to Graduate Admissions: Application for Graduate Admission, $45 application fee, 2 recommendations, transcript, personal letter (stating genre of interest and detailing strengths and reasons for wanting to enter Chatham’s MFA program), writing sample, resume; GRE not required
Deadline: 1 May (fall); 15 Oct. (spring)
Financial Aid: For an incoming student with a demonstrated interest in environmental and nature writing, the Rachel Carson Fellowship will offer $10 K ($5 K per semester). It is possible for the award to be split between 2 students in a year, each receiving $5 K.
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Subject areas: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Faculty: William J. Cobb, Robin Becker, Cecil Giscombe, Charlotte Holmes, Julia Kasdorf, Brian Lennon, Josip Novakovich, Toby Thompson
Length: 3 years
Tuition per year: $9 K (residents), $16 K (non-residents)
Application materials: Submit to Graduate Enrollment Services: Graduate School Application, $45 application fee (online applicants) or $60 application fee (paper applicants). Submit to English Graduate Program: copy of graduate school application (if you did not file electronically), 3 recommendations, GRE scores, 2 transcripts, statement of purpose, writing sample
Deadline: 15 Jan. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: The department awards the Katey Lehman Fellowship for 1 year to an incoming student in Fiction/Poetry. The fellowship provides a stipend, remission of all tuition fees, and requires the teaching of 1 course. Teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis, and provide a stipend (value not specified) plus full remission of tuition and related fees. Summer teaching is often available and provides the opportunity for additional income.
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Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Faculty: Faith Adiele, Ellen Bishop, Michael Byers, Cathy Day, Toi Derricotte, Bruce Dobler, Lynn Emanuel, Lee Gutkind, Chuck Kinder, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Lewis (Buddy) Nordan, Jeff Oaks
Length: 3 years
Tuition per year: $14 K (resident), $26 K (non-resident)
Application materials: Submit all materials to English Graduate Office: Graduate Application (online version only), $50 application fee, 3 recommendations, GRE scores, transcript, statement of purpose, writing sample, list of institutions attended (with GPA, degree earned, and date for each institution)
Deadline: 15 Dec. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Financial support is offered to a few qualified students in the form of teaching assistantships and graduate assistantships. Teaching assistants receive $13 555 per year; graduate student assistants receive $11 070 per year. Tuition benefits depend on whether the appointment is full-time, 3/4-time, 1/2-time, or 1/4-time. The tuition remission is 12 credits, 9 credits, 6 credits, and 3 credits respectively. TA’s and GA’s also get health insurance coverage.
Students admitted per year: 21 (divided equally among 3 genres); total enrollment of about 60
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