Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

42 semester hours

Financial Aid

Teaching assistantships in any of the composition programs, including creative writing, provide a base stipend of approximately $15,000 for ten months, remission of tuition and most fees, plus merit raises. The teaching load is usually one course per semester, and after the first year students also have the opportunity for additional teaching and pay above and beyond the base stipend. A few merit fellowships provide tax-free stipends of more than $18,000 for 12 months and remission of tuition and fees.

Teaching opportunities

Teaching assistantships available

Editorial opportunities

Many students hold editorial positions with the Sycamore Review, a nationally recognized literary journal, and some earn additional compensation beyond the teaching assistantship through one of our paid administrative positions, which include Editor-in-chief of the Sycamore Review, Managing Editor of the Sycamore Review, Visiting Writers Series Coordinator, and Assistant Program Director.


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