University of Virginia
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Our Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing is a small, two-year course of graduate study. While writing program rankings are admittedly subjective, we have consistently done well, ranked third in the nation by an article in Poets & Writers (2009), rated among the nation's top five in the Atlantic Monthly's summer fiction issue (2007), and placed fourth among the nation's top twenty creative writing programs by U.S. News and World Report (1997). Of the 630-some applications we received in 2009, we admitted 5 poets and 7 fiction writers. Many of our graduates go on to successful careers in writing and teaching. Several writers from recent graduating classes have distinguished themselves, our program, and the University by winning important literary prizes (The Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, The New York Times Notable Books list, the Pushcart Series, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Yale Younger Poets Series prize, the Barnard Women Poet's Prize, The Prix de Rome, etc.) and have landed major book contracts in recent years.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Small Suburb
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999