University of Missouri St Louis

St Louis, MO

School notes

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

39 credits (2 years)

Part-time study


Financial Aid

The UMSL English Department provides a limited number of teaching assistantships and tutoring assistantships for MFA students. These assistantships are available for up to two years. In addition to receiving a stipend (approximately $10,000 per academic year, or $5,000 per year, depending on assignment), teaching assistants receive 100% remission of their tuition costs (though they do pay incidental student fees).

Teaching opportunities

Teaching and tutoring assistantships available.

Editorial opportunities

Here at the University of Missouri-St. Louis our literary journal, Natural Bridge, is an integral part of our curriculum. Our MFA students all take English 5190: Literary Journal Editing, a class that allows them to read hundreds of poetry and fiction and non-fiction submissions sent from all corners of America and beyond. They choose the best work and take part in the editing and arrangement of the finished journal. It's an invaluable experience. Only by reading lots of literary magazine submissions does an M.F.A. student know when his or her own work is polished and complete enough to go out in the world seeking publication.

Cross-genre study



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