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MFA | Advising

Graduate students in the MFA in Writing are expected to regularly seek advising about academics, degree progress and professional development. Refer to General Resources or contact the MFA Graduate Coordinator for information about advising matters not covered below.

Faculty Advisors

The MFA Program Director is your primary advisor, from your first quarter in the program until you select another MFA faculty member to serve as your primary advisor or committee chair. (Be sure to notify the MFA graduate coordinator if you change advisors!) You should meet with your primary advisor at least once per quarter during office hours or by appointment. It's your responsibility to arrange the meeting.

Your advisor and/or the MFA program director are responsible for the following:

  • reviewing and approving your petitions
  • writing nomination letters for special fellowship opportunities
  • commenting on your annual evaluation
  • recommending continuation of financial support
  • overseeing your degree progress and the development of your thesis
  • guiding your selection of committee members

Your advisor and/or the MFA program director can also advise you about topics related to your professional development, such as—

You are encouraged to obtain advising from other faculty as well. Faculty in the MFA Program, Literature and outside departments may also be able to advise you about professional development, research interests and more.

Graduate Coordinator

The MFA Graduate Coordinator is available to help you understand degree requirements, interpret academic policies, identify campus resources, set up independent study, and prepare petitions. The coordinator can also answer questions related to your financial support (stipends, tuition scholarships, TA remissions), the candidacy process, and more. You can obtain advising via phone, email, or in person (appointment advised). Be sure to meet with the coordinator at least twice a year to check on degree progress. It's your responsibility to arrange the meeting.