San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Screenwriting

Residency type


Program length

44 semester hours

Part-time study


Financial Aid

Applicants will be considered for a graduate Steinbeck Fellowship was provides full in-state tuition support for the first year. All applicants will be considered on the basis of their application materials. Six fellowships are available.

Teaching opportunities

MFA students have the opportunity to apply for teaching associate positions in the English Department in their second year. Teaching associates are limited to taking two courses (6 semester-units) while teaching one or two sections of lower-division General Education courses, usually Freshman Composition. Teaching associates receive, in addition to a modest salary, a 6-unit fee waiver.

Editorial opportunities

Students may work on Reed, one of the oldest literary jourals west of the Mississippi.

Cross-genre study

The MFA program at SJSU is a dual-genre program that provides concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting/screenwriting. Students must declare a primary and a secondary genre to apply for admission.


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