Core workshops are restricted to students in the strand, where they engage in close readings and critiques of their peer’s work. Seminars are generally open to all MFA students; recent topics include “The Fragment,” “Constraints in Poetry and Fiction,” and “In Translation.” The degree requirements also include sixteen credits of electives, which can be used to explore another genre.
The MFA emphasizes faculty mentorship throughout each student's coursework and thesis completion. Engagement in Portland's vibrant community of writers is also central to our students’ experience.
Many students come to the MFA with a background in English literature, writing, or journalism, but others have backgrounds in the social sciences, sciences, and fine arts. Our program is further distinguished by the diversity of its student body, including a range of ages and life experience, as well as by its flexibility.
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- Portland review editing
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- 24 months
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Portland State University's graduate application requires the following documents:
- Scanned copies of your official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
- Personal essay or statement of purpose
- Letters of recommendation
- Standardized test scores, e.g., GRE (not required by all programs)
- Writing samples
International applicants must also submit:
- Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
- Certified Translation of Transcripts
- Evidence of English Language Proficiency Requirements
- Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study
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International16104 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
National16104 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
In-State10656 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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