What makes the Rutgers University–Camden M.F.A. different? The Rutgers–Camden MFA is a fully-funded graduate program in creative writing that awards a terminal degree in the discipline. We offer a multi-genre approach to poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction taught by a distinguished, award-winning faculty. The Writers House, located on Camden’s historic Cooper Street, is a vibrant center for literary programming and community outreach. It is home to the program’s writing workshops and seminars. All of these elements together provide not just models of writing on the page, but modes of living as a writer who is actively engaged in a community.

Admission Requirements

  • A transcript showing the completion of a B.A. degree, with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better
  • Two letters of reference
    A short personal statement about your background and goals
  • A writing sample—20 to 30 pages of fiction or non-fiction, or ten pages of poetry, or a combination thereof—10 to 15 pages of prose and five pages of poetry. You may include one or more complete short stories, excerpts from short stories, or excerpts from a novel or novella.
  • Submission of GRE scores is not required

Application Deadline:
Fall Application Deadline: January 20th

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Degree Requirements

39 total credits

  • Five creative writing workshops (15 credits)
  • Three literature classes (9 credits)
  • Three craft classes (9 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)
  • One thesis independent study (3 credits)


Our funding packages take two forms. We offer generous TAships with training and flexible curriculum design. Additionally, we offer Interdisciplinary Fellowships whose recipients can choose to conduct research in a field such as the physical sciences, history, music, women’s studies, and many other disciplines. That research can ultimately support thesis work in direct ways or can be an opportunity to dynamically expand an MFA candidate’s knowledge base.