Program in Writing School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Pratt Institute

Program in Writing School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 5
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


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.

Location & Contact

Program in Writing

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Maria Damon


Phone: 718-636-3790

Ms. Young Hah

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3683
Fax: 718-399-4242

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Writing Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • 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? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


58% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 56
    • Accepted 33
    • Acceptance Rate 58
    • Enrolled 11
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students11
    • Female Percentage73%
    • Male Percentage27%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students11
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino18%
    • Black / African American45%
    • White / Caucasian27%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown10%