University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

School notes

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

Three fully funded years.

Financial Aid

All our students receive the same amount of funding and they do not have to re-compete in their second or third year.

Teaching opportunities

In their second year, all of our students teach a 1/1 load of creative writing in poetry or fiction and the courses are largely of their own design. In a third year, our students teach a 2/2 load and primarily in first-year undergraduate writing (composition).

Editorial opportunities

Our MFA program is also the home of Meridian, a semiannual literary magazine edited by our graduate students and distributed nationally. Meridian publishes twice a year, in January and May. The journal features outstanding fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from both emerging and established writers, and work from Meridian contributors has gone on for inclusion in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, New Stories from the South, and the Pushcart anthology.

Cross-genre study

Limited. Our MFAs do not sit in the other genreā€™s workshops, but there are opportunities to take additional graduate-level workshops in different genres, and from the same core writing faculty.


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