McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

Academic courses in literature and criticism provide examples of the best that’s been done so far. It isn’t hard to choose your classes carefully and earn your MA in English during the same three-year period in which you’re working on your MFA. Though it is optional, most of our students choose to do this, thus building a broader base for their writing and professional lives.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

3 years

Financial Aid

All of our MFA grad students work as Teaching Assistants, though the competition for these spots is quite fierce. If you are awarded a Teaching Assistantship, your tuition is waived and you receive $8,000 over the course of the academic year, paid out every two weeks when class is in session. In return for the stipend, you typically teach (or team-teach) two sections of developmental English or freshman composition. If you are assigned only one class, you will fulfill your other obligations with other duties like working in our Write To Excellence Center, teaching in our Literature Lab, or acting as a teaching assistant to senior faculty in upper level literature and writing classes.

Teaching opportunities

TAships available


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