Mills College

Oakland, CA

School notes

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF

Residency type


Program length

 44 credits, 2–3 years

Part-time study


Financial Aid

We offer a wide range of part-time graduate assistantships that provide valuable experience in teaching, tutoring, arts administration, editing, and publishing.  We also offer a small number of competitive full-tuition fellowships. All prospective students are also advised to apply for federal and state financial aid in the form of loans. 

Teaching opportunities

Courses in pedagogy, internships at local community colleges, assistantships and TAships are available.

Editorial opportunities

Course in literary editing and production; assistantships and other opportunities to work on graduate journal 580 Split:

Cross-genre study

In general, our MFA program encourages focused study in the admitted genre, with the goal of completing a risky, investigative, and confident thesis. We require three workshops in the admitted genre, two taken consecutively in the first year of study. However, there are no genre restrictions around electives or craft requirements.


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