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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature


About the MFA

My time spent in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina was the most rewarding experience I've had in my writing life.
- Forrest Anderson

Our curriculum features intensive work in both writing and literary studies, undertaken in a collegial, supportive environment. Our accessible faculty is impressively published as well as diverse in its interests. We are committed to supporting our students financially. In addition to our generous Dickey Fellowships, we make funding available to all MFA students via graduate teaching and research assistantships, which provide stipends in addition to tuition abatement.

For students desiring broader professional experience, we offer additional opportunities through reading series such as The Shark's Parlor, through editorial work on Yemassee, through involvement in outreach programs such as Split P, and through participation in Columbia's lively arts scene.

Founded twenty years ago, the MFA program at Carolina is set on a beautiful urban campus, in a university city known for its hospitality, livability, and affordability.

Between the teaching opportunities, the support of my fellow writers, the responsiveness of the faculty and the quality of the literature courses I have taken, I have learned more about writing, teaching, and career options than I ever thought possible.
- Zack O'Neill

We came to Carolina to study writing, but we learned to live it.
- Brian Ray