McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

School notes

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


Send questions, comments and corrections to

Disclaimer: No endorsement of these ratings should be implied by the writers and writing programs listed on this site, or by the editors and publishers of Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.