Writing, M.A. | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, United States
36 months
42324 USD/year
42324 USD/year
24962 USD/year
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Ours is a three-year degree in Writing at the University of Pittsburgh providing students with the time and opportunity to produce a book-length final manuscript. 


Our graduate writing faculty have distinguished nationally and internationally through numerous publications and awards. They include poets Lynn Emanuel, Terrance Hayes, Yona Harvey, and Dawn Lundy Martin; fiction writers Fiona Cheong, Angie Cruz, William Lychack, and Irina Reyn; and, in nonfiction, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Michael Meyer, and Peter Trachtenberg, with Erin Anderson teaching digital narrative. 

The MFA in Writing at the University of Pittsburgh will be awarded for the completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0, plus the completion of an acceptable final manuscript. There is no language requirement for MFA students.

Professional Development

  • The English department's Graduate Placement Committee is designed to assist PhD, MFA, and postdoctoral candidates in the application process for faculty positions in film, composition, literature, and creative writing by focusing on strategies for best representing one's candidacy in what has become a highly competitive job market. 
  • The committee works with candidates on how to compose and strengthen their CVs, cover letters, teaching portfolios, and other materials. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Readings in Contemporary Fiction: Immigrant Fiction
  • Narrative Audio Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Readings in Contemporary Poetry
  • Readings in Contemporary Nonfiction
  • Topics in Nonfiction: Magazine

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application Form.
  • Area of Specialization.
  • Detailed Statement of Purpose.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation.
  • GPA eligibility.  
  • Transcripts.
  • Writing Samples.
  • $75.00 Application Fee.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    24962 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24962 USD per year during 36 months.

Part-time: LOCAL: $1,003 per credit NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: $1,728 per credit

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

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