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MFA in Writing

Welcome. The MFA Program in Writing is a 2-3 year residency program that offers interdisciplinary approaches to verbal art. Our cross-genre curriculum allows students to explore poetry and prose and encourages the exploration of writing that falls between or beyond genre categories. The MFA is a terminal degree and has no progressive relation to the PhD program. [Continue]

News & Events

Out of Lines Pop Up Show 3/15 [more]

Showcase for work produced by MFA students from the Literature and Visual Arts departments and kickoff for partnership with Writer's Block.

New Writing Series - Spring 2019

The spring schedule of events will be available soon.

New Writing Podcasts - Winter 2019

Listen to podcasts in the UCSD Library's Special Collections.

Travel Awards for Visiting Scholars

UCSD Library provides travel awards to support the research of visiting scholars using its collection of experimental post-war American poetry (New Poetry Archive).


  • College Choice has ranked our MFA in Writing #6 on its list of 25 Best Master of Fine Arts Degrees for 2018. Click to see the full list.

MFA Admissions 2020

Application Period
Sep. 5 - Dec. 11, 2019

Decision Notifications
February - March 2020

Program Begins
September 2020

[ Admission Overview ]

MFA Program Director
Anna Joy Springer

MFA Graduate Coordinator
Tania Mayer
(858) 534-8849

Mailing Address
UC San Diego
Literature Dept / MFA Program
9500 Gilman Drive #0410
La Jolla, CA 92093-0410