Graduate Program

The MFA Program in Creative Writing consists of a vibrant community of writers working together in a setting that is both challenging and supportive. This stimulating environment fosters the development of talented poets and fiction writers who are committed to their craft. The program is not defined by courses alone, but by a life built around writing. 

Our renowned faculty are Catherine Barnett, Anne Carson, Nathan Englander, Jonathan Safran Foer, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Deborah Landau, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Zadie Smith, and Darin Strauss. Visiting faculty members in 2017–18 will include Emily Barton, Susan Choi, John Freeman, Major Jackson, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, David Lipsky, and Meghan O’Rourke

Through innovative literary outreach programs, a distinguished public reading series, an exciting public student reading series, special literary seminars with master writers, and the production of a high-quality literary journal, students participate in a dynamic literary community actively engaged in all aspects of the literary arts—writing, reading, teaching, publishing and community outreach. Students also have the opportunity to enjoy America's most literary terrain; New York University is situated in the heart of Greenwich Village, a part of the city that has always been home to writers.

Over recent years, program alumni have received many of the nation's most distinguished literary honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Endowment of the Arts Literary FellowshipThe Wallace Stegner Award, The Whiting Award, and the National Poetry Series, among many others.

The annual application deadline is December 18. For further information about how to apply, please visit the GSAS Application Resource Center's useful online publication, "Application Requirements and Deadlines for Departments and Programs." Specific departmental requirements can be found here. You may also contact the Creative Writing Program at (212) 998-8816 or