The MFA for poets and writers is a three-year program dedicated to writing workshops and the completion of a book-length manuscript in prose or poetry. Among the oldest and most respected MFA programs in the country, our acclaimed and aesthetically diverse faculty guide students to find their full range of artistic and literary potential.

The MFA’s 60 hours of coursework is designed to allow students to focus on craft, immerse themselves in the study of diverse literatures, and pursue individual concentrations. Our students also have teaching opportunities in creative writing and composition, which is excellent preparation for the academic job market.

Through the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts, students gain significant professional experience in arts administration, literary festivals, and summer workshops, as well as with online and print journals, presses, and publishers associated with the university, the region, and our alumni around the world.

Our writers have made distinguished contributions to contemporary literature through the publication of their work, and in the fields of literary publishing, scholarship, arts administration, and the practice of teaching.