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Program in Writing Graduate Studies Sarah Lawrence College

  • Bronxville, NY
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 72%28%
    student ratio
  • 130
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 3 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


The Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College (SLC) immerses students in the art and craft of writing. Students become part of a writing community that includes dedicated teachers, writing workshops, readings, seminars, and events.

At the heart of the program is the one-on-one instruction that students receive from teachers who are active, successful writers. Faculty members engage with students' work on a deep level, thus helping students to develop their writing voices and techniques.

Critically-Acclaimed Faculty Members

Writing faculty members at Sarah Lawrence College are critically-acclaimed practitioners who devote considerable time and energy to helping their students grow as writers and people. Celebrated poet and teacher Marie Howe has been teaching at the college since 1993. She has written 3 volumes of poetry, and she is currently the poet laureate for the state of New York.

David Ryan's fiction has appeared in several publications including the Denver Quarterly and Alaska Quarterly Review. He is also a founding editor of Post Road, a literary magazine.

Successful Alumni

Graduate writing students receive a high level of attention and outstanding training in the craft of writing.

Recent Alum Alex Dimitrov (2009) is a content editor at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and writes for "Poets & Writers." Lev AC Rosen (2006) is the author of "All Men of Genius," which appeared on more than 12 best book of the year lists.

Another Sarah Lawrence alumnae, Maya Pindyck (2006), is author of the book of poetry, "Friend Among Stones." She has received fellowships from Squaw Valley's Community of Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Drisha Institute.

M.F.A. in Writing Curriculum

The M.F.A. in Writing program at SLC can be completed in 2 years of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study. Its curriculum contains writing workshops, craft-of-writing classes, colloquia, and a master's thesis or manuscript.

Writers each focus in one genre: fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.

Writing Workshops

Students complete 4 workshops, one per semester, each with a different faculty member. These workshops help students to build critical editing and reading skills. An additional bi-weekly, student-teacher conference is built into the workshops to provide an opportunity for undivided attention in which the faculty member examines students' writing and provides reading lists that augment students' work.

Students and teachers also work together to create courses of study that allow students to pursue topics and issues of interests, develop their voices, and hone their skills.

Craft of Writing Seminars

Students participate in craft-of-writing seminars that allow them to analyze and discuss writing as well as learn to read critically as writers.

Community of Writers

Co-curricular programs help graduate writers develop their interests, and network with others in the field.

Students engage in graduate teaching and internships; attend classes, lectures, and readings with guest writers; and attend publishing workshops and agent meetings. In addition, they read their works at events like Happy Hour and read from their theses during the week of commencement.

Graduate Student Life

Graduate writers at Sarah Lawrence College are part of a diverse graduate student body. They range in age from 22 to 55 and come from all parts of the United States and the world.

Students also participate in and benefit from the Graduate Student Senate, which supports and represents the graduate student body. The organization plans social and cultural events, awards individual grants, and addresses issues of concern for graduate students.

Sarah Lawrence College

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence College is known throughout the world for excellence in liberal arts education, especially writing. It provides a supportive and enthusiastic community of talented students and internationally-renowned artists, scholars, scientists, and writers.

The college's small size -- 1,300 undergraduate and 340 graduate students -- allows its faculty members to have twice as much one-on-one time with students than at other institutions. Furthermore, more than 90% of its courses are offered in seminar format, which allows for more meaningful classroom interactions.

As a leader in higher education, Sarah Lawrence was one of the first colleges in the country to incorporate the arts into its curriculum and granted its first Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree in 1969. It was also the first college to develop master's degree programs in women's history, human genetics, and health advocacy.

A Resource Rich Location

Sarah Lawrence College is situated on 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, New York, in the northeastern region of the United States. Its beautiful grounds include distinguished Tudor-style buildings as well as contemporary green-designed structures.

The college's location in Yonkers -- the 4th most populous city in the state of New York -- provides many recreational and cultural options. Hiking, golfing, horseback riding, opera, ballet, and shopping are just some of the things to do in Yonkers.

SLC is just a 30-minute train ride from New York City. This exciting, eclectic city provides many arts, culture, employment, entertainment, and intellectual resources.

Location & Contact

Program in Writing

Graduate Studies
Sarah Lawrence College

1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999
United States

Mr. Brian Morton


Phone: 914-395-2373

Mr. Emanual Lomax

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 914-395-2373

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Poetry Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Creative Non-Fiction Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Fiction Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 61
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreessample of creative writing, minimum B average in undergraduate course work
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitCSS Profile and FAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students130
    • Female Percentage72%
    • Male Percentage28%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students130
    • Part-time Percentage17%
    • Full-time Percentage83%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian82%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty43
    • Full-time Percentage0%
    • Part-time Percentage100%
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%





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