Mills College

Mills College

English Department


Office of Graduate Admissions

5000 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94613

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

English and American Literature, MA; Creative Writing (in Poetry, Fiction or Creative Nonfiction), MFA; Book Art/Creative Writing, MFA

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is at the center of a vital artistic and literary community. Our graduate programs in English are distinguished by their long-established reputations, outstanding faculty, and intimate community of writers and scholars. We offer a master of arts (MA) degree in English and American literature and a master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing with a focus on poetry or prose. We also offer a one-of-a-kind new MFA degree in creative writing and book art. Our degree programs allow students to work closely with nationally and internationally renowned faculty in an individually tailored course of study. Our curriculum emphasizes the interconnectedness of the creative and the scholarly—MA and MFA candidates form a dynamic community devoted to the study of and creation of literature. In addition to our core faculty, visiting writers offer classes each semester. Recent visiting faculty include: Daniel Alarcón, Will Alexander, Cristina Garcia, Robert Grenier, Ginu Kamani, Victor LaValle, Walter K. Lew, and Micheline Aharonian Marcom. Students have many co-curricular opportunities to teach and tutor literature and writing under faculty supervision and/or as part of our Writing Center. Through the Contemporary Writers Series and The Place for Writers, students are plugged into the local and national literary scene. Graduate students edit and publish 580 Split, a national literary magazine. Our alumni publish and perform widely in the national literary scene, embark on successful careers in publishing and teaching, and often continue their studies in prestigious PhD programs.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges

International Student Requirements:

International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language examination (TOEFL). Graduate admission to our programs in English and Computer Science require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for the paper exam, or 250 for the computer-based exam. All other programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper exam, or 213 for the computer-based exam. We will need two copies of official English translation transcripts as well as two copies of the transcripts in the native language of your undergraduate and graduate work, showing a strong academic record. Certification of Finances form Recommendations I-20

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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