Columbia University

New York, NY

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF

Residency type


Program length

60 Semester hours (2 years)

Financial Aid

In 2011-12 over half of entering Writing Program students, and all of our second-year students with need, received fellowship support. Fellowships are awarded based on merit, or a combination of merit and financial need. Fellowships generally range from $5,000 to $30,000. The average award among those who received aid in 2011-12 was $20,000.

Teaching opportunities

All students in the Program are given opportunities to teach both at the high school and college levels through the Columbia Artists/Teachers (CA/T) program, directed by Alan Ziegler. Professor Ziegler, Writers-in-the-Schools veteran and author of The Writing Workshop, also offers a course each semester, “Writer as Teacher,” offering training for those who want to teach creative writing.

Cross-genre study

Class schedules must be approved by an academic advisor within your concentration, and should reflect that concentration, but any student in the writing division no matter what the concentration is eligible for any Writing seminar or lecture classes. Workshops are always within one's concentration. Changing concentrations is possible in rare circumstances with the permission of an advisor in the new concentration, as well as from your old concentration, as well as the submission of new writing samples.


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