Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

School notes

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

3 years

Financial Aid

Most MFA students hold graduate assistantships, which provide stipends for the academic year and full remission of tuition.

Teaching opportunities

Most graduate assistants are assigned to the University's first-year writing program, in which they have full responsibility for two sections of composition each semester. An extensive series of pre-semester workshops, a semester-long seminar in the teaching of college composition, and a mentor system complement graduate work and assure professional development. In addition, some graduate assistants serve as tutors in the Department's Writing Center, while others are eligible to teach Core Curriculum literature courses and English 119, Introduction to Creative Writing. Limited summer teaching is also available to graduate students.

Editorial opportunities

A limited number of assistant editor and editorial intern positions are available with Crab Orchard Review, the literary journal published by the Department and distributed internationally. Normally three graduate assistants per semester serve as assistant editors, while other students may apply to be editorial interns through enrollment in English 498.

Cross-genre study



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