For the past three years, MFA students who have received Graduate Assistantships (currently 88% of our students) have received 100% funding. Each graduate assistant receives full funding for each of three years: a stipend (salary based on 20 hours of work/week during the academic year), a tuition waiver (free tuition valued at about $35,000 for the 48-credit MFA program), and optional health insurance. We offer opportunities as Graduate Teaching Assistants or Graduate Professional Assistants, based on availability and professional aspirations.


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Mason Creative Writing embraces a community of writers, faculty, and students through our undergraduate BFA and graduate MFA programs. Coupled with Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, Mason Creative Writing is the perfect place to cultivate your literary art, learn from accomplished and dedicated faculty, practice literary citizenship, and be part of a thriving creative scene.  

FULLY FUNDED: For the last three years, the MFA Program has been able to fully fund every incoming writer who has been offered a graduate assistantship and enrolled with a full tuition waiver, stipend, and optional health insurance (renewable for each of three years). 

NEW OFFERINGS: With our new Graduate Certificate in Publishing Practice, MFA students can earn a terminal art degree and a professional credential to help chart successful paths after graduation. Meanwhile, BFA students can Minor in Dynamic Publishing to complement their undergraduate art program. 

Questions or for more information, email Mason Creative Writing at MasonCW@gmu.edu.

WATERSHED LIT: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice

Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice is a collective of organizations whose missions create and promote transformative experiences in the literary arts at Mason and beyond. Together, we seek to inspire love of the written word in all its forms, foster the professional development of writers, teachers, and future literary leaders, and provide a platform for new and unheard voices.

Mason Creative Writing students have unprecedented opportunities for engaging the literary arts and publishing. The partners within Watershed Lit contribute to a vibrant, unique literary arts community and our students make lit happen!

Fall for the Book

Poetry Daily

Stillhouse Press

Cheuse Center for International Writers

Northern Virginia Writing Project


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