Poets and Writers, Master | University of Massachusetts Amherst | Amherst Center, United States
36 months
20992 USD/year
20992 USD/year
9576 USD/year
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The Poets and Writers program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a three-year program dedicated to writing workshops and the completion of a book-length manuscript in prose or poetry.


About the Program

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 Poets and Writers program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst champions the creation of new and important writing, and for over fifty years has been a place for writers to concentrate on their work and to write their books.

Students work closely with faculty members to develop book-length manuscripts, a factor that feeds directly to the outstanding publishing record of our graduates. Teaching opportunities in both creative writing and the teaching of composition give our students excellent preparation for the academic job market. Through the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts, students gain significant professional experience in arts administration, literary festivals, 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 graduates become professors, editors, journalists, lawyers, translators, filmmakers, musicians, actors, parents and arts administators. At UMass the three years devoted to the written arts provides a basis for lensing the world that is defined by engagement and empathy. Our graduates are members of society who value art in its broadest sense, and in its most personal. We invite you to become a member of this expanding, changing, always relevant community of writers and poets.

Located within easy commutes to New York and Boston, our community is known for its vibrant art, music, and dance venues, used and new bookstores, working farms, and restaurants. We're fortunate to have neighbors and organizations devoted to supporting the literary arts. These include Amherst Books, Broadside Books, Emily Dickinson Museum, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Grey Matter Books, Jones Library, Montague Bookmill, Odyssey Bookshop, and the Poetry Center at Smith College.

Programme Structure

MFA students earn a total of 60 credits. These credits typically appear as follows:

  • Writing Workshops (27 credits)
  • Literature Requirement (9 credits)
  • Thesis Credits (6 credits)
  • Individualized Study (18 credits)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Original Manuscript - This is the most important part of your application. Poetry applicants should submit up to 10 pages of poetry. Prose applicants should submit up to 20–25 pages of prose, which may be short stories, essays, creative nonfiction, an excerpt from a novel or longer work, or some combination of these
  • Transcripts - You must include transcripts from all higher education institutions you’ve attended
  • Personal Statement - Submit a personal statement of no more than one-two single-spaced pages
  • Application for a graduate Teaching Associateship in the Writing Program
  • Two letters are required, three are allowed
  • Application Fee - An $85 application fee is required by the Graduate School upon submission of your application. The Graduate School grants fee waivers only for McNair scholars, or applicants who are eligible for a GRE fee waiver. All fee waiver requests should go directly to the Graduate School.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20992 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10496 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    20992 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10496 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    9576 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4788 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Amherst Center

1228 - 2543 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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