Program description: Every student in the MFA program receives full-tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend of $26,000/year minimum in addition to the salary they receive for teaching. Students are also eligible to receive travel grants to attend the AWP Conference (and other academic conferences). Moreover, applicants with exceptionally-high GRE scores and undergraduate academic records may also be nominated for topping-up awards from the Graduate School that will increase the amount of their stipends.
Our faculty of distinguished creative writers works closely with twelve MFA students—half of whom work in poetry, and half in prose—who are enrolled in the program at any one time. Since each class contains only six students, admission is highly competitive and no one’s work gets lost or overshadowed.
Vanderbilt’s MFA Program has been ranked among the top 15 MFA Programs in the country by Poets and Writers magazine—ahead of many better known, better established graduate programs. It earned high marks for the quality of its prize-winning faculty, for the affordable cost of living, and for the financial support it gives for students. It ranks number one for selectivity.