If I write in multiple genres, do I have to choose just one to submit in my application?
Yes, choose one for your application. But our program encourages study in multiple genres -- in fact we require each student to take at least one workshop out-of-genre. Don’t worry about getting hemmed into one genre at Georgia College.
So how do you choose which genre to apply in? Submit your best work. We accept candidates primarily on the merits of the writing sample. And if you get in, you’d have the opportunity to take a few workshops in genres outside your thesis genre. However, you will be expected to write your thesis in the genre you submitted.
For my writing sample, can I submit a chapter of a novel-in-progress? What if I don’t have a full 15 pages I’m proud of for my sample?
“A chapter is fine, or completed short story/essay... The more complete, the better, but the quality of the writing is most important. Quality always trumps quantity, so don't think ‘more’ is better... 15 great pages will serve you better than 15 good pages with 15 mediocre pages added on.” -- Martin Lammon, Program Director
Do I need a BA in Writing or English to apply?
No. We've had students in the past with various undergraduate degrees, like biology. If you have a good sample, apply. However, we do review transcripts to see if students have completed some humanities courses (in English or other fields); and although there is no minimum G.P.A., almost all of our applicants have been successful students, earning 3.0 or higher in their academic studies.
How many courses do Teaching Fellows teach each semester?
Here’s the standard procedure (per semester) for Teaching Fellows:
- 1st year: Writing Center Consultant OR Writing Center + Journal office or Early College
- 2nd year: Journal or Early College + Teach 1 class; OR Teach 2 classes
- 3rd year: Teach 2 classes
The exception is for candidates who already have an MA. They are eligible to begin teaching two classes the first year and continue that for all three years. However, all students on MFA assistantship must undergo a further application/review process before they will be assigned teaching duties.
What is the stipend and tuition remission that your students receive if offered an MFA graduate assistantship?
The current stipend given to those with an MFA assistantship is $8,600 per year. In addition, many MFA assistantships include scholarship funds (amounts vary). MFA assistantships also include full tuition remission for in-state or out-of-state tuition (student fees, however, are not covered).
There are also other university assistantships available to which MFA students may apply. These assistantships offer smaller stipends, but usually include full tuition remission (again, student fees are not covered).
There is a student health insurance plan that meets the requirements of the new Affordable Health Care Act that students purchase or they may waived the student insurance IF they have another qualified insurance plan.
How many applicants do you typically receive and how many do you accept?
We get around 150 applicants each year for the program. We enroll about 10 new students each year, with a balanced number in each of the three thesis genres (fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Typically, seven MFA assistantships are assigned to new students accepted in the program; other students either seek other university assistantships or other funding support. The three-year program enrolls about 30 students total.
What constitutes a good recommender?
It's important to have professional recommenders (i.e., employer supervisors, established writers, college professors). Ideally, these are people who can speak to your ability to work and handle grad classes and speak to the quality of your writing. You may choose different sorts of people to speak to your different qualities. These should not be your friends or family members.
If I’m reapplying, what do I need to do?
Happy to hear you're applying again! You will not need to re-submit everything, and there is no fee for second-time applicants. You will need to contact Graduate Admissions AND the MFA program to announce that you are re-applying. We suggest submitting to the MFA program an updated manuscript and your statement of purpose and resume. You do NOT need to re-submit transcripts, unless you've taken a class at another college since you last applied.
To the Graduate Admissions office, you will need to submit again, by mail, a new application and a new "signature page." You may use your old letters of recommendation, or submit new letters.
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