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Pratt Institute

Program in Writing

Brooklyn, NY


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Pratt Institute's Unique M.F.A. Program in Writing

The Pratt M.F.A. in Writing degree program is a new and unique 2-year program specifically designed to support and encourage intellectually rigorous and inspired writing practices that are philosophically, culturally and politically informed. The premise of the program is that writing can be transformative at all scales, from the personal to the social, and the Pratt Institute aims to incubate such radically cosmopolitan, resolutely local, pleasure-filled, and potentially revolutionary poetic practices.

The innovative approach to the M.F.A. curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary group critiques (with core faculty members, guest artists, and peers engaging in weekly discussions and presentations of student work). Additionally, students take part in one-on-one guided mentorships, civic and urban exploration and fieldwork, and student-led collaborative seminars in literature, media studies, performance, experimental practices, activism, and critical theory, to name a few.

The Pratt M.F.A degree program therefore offers contemporary writers the tools and the support they need to build practices that are responsive and adaptive (and even forms of resistance) to the rapidly evolving environmental and political times and to the enormous shifts taking place in media technologies. What can writing become now that the landscape for its production, distribution, and exchange includes not only books and journals, but also Internet platforms, digital technologies, video, audio, .pdfs, blogs, and social media?

This program celebrates a broad vision of writing that is not genre specific but is instead inclusive of multiple modes of inscription, from fiction to poetry, performance to non-fiction, translation to cultural criticism, investigative journalism to digital media, documentary to science fiction. There is also a special focus on alternate or hybrid approaches to writing, with hybridity defined less as a mix of traditional genres and more as a set of interactive processes that can potentially generate new and transformative social spaces. What avant-garde experiments, what research, what interventions, what archives, what speech acts, what literary and artistic traditions, what genres, what media technologies, what theoretical frames, what narratives, and what materials are most suited to students' artistic inquiries? The Pratt Institute will help students figure that out as they begin to establish creative practices that are sustainable across a lifetime of change.

The core faculty of writers is diverse and internationally renowned. Their work traverses and often combines numerous disciplines: activism, performance art, translation, media and cultural theory, theater, and fine art. Pratt's course of study emphasizes collaboration, radical pedagogy, administrative transparency, and non-hierarchical learning.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 9

Earning Your Degree

Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 5th January 5th No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Writing sample

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 21.43%
Black or African American 28.57%
White or Caucasian 21%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 7.14%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 7.14%
Unknown Not Reported


Male (14%)
Female (85%)

Location & Contact

Address 200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11205-3899
United States
Contact Beth Loffreda
Phone: 718-687-5770

Pratt Institute