Writing Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

Writing Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


USF's M.F.A. in Writing Program in the Literary Heart of San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a vibrant community of writers with a rich literary tradition. This makes the University of San Francisco (USF) an exceptional place to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Writing. The Writing Program at USF includes the study of literature alongside the required writing workshops, so that other literary styles might inform the student's craft of writing. This two-year evening program (two evening courses each week) consists of courses taught by full-time professors and accomplished writers. Writing classes are combined with workshops and literature seminars to create a curriculum with a strong focus on writing.

Students pursue fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and are able to cross genres beyond the student's primary genre. The program culminates in the completion of a book-length work.

More information is available about the College of Arts and Sciences and applying online, as well as information for international graduate students.

USF Is Your University -- San Francisco Is Your Campus

USF was founded in 1855 as the first university in San Francisco and is ranked in the top tier of national universities (U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges," 2010). USF is a private, Jesuit university with a distinguished history in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, finance and business management. Of the 9,500 students at USF, 38% are graduate students. USF is composed of five graduate schools--Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies, Education, Law and Nursing.

The university offers rigorous and innovative graduate programs with a truly extraordinary faculty filled with professors who are experts in their fields and passionate about research. USF's faculty members are dedicated to providing high-quality, personalized attention to their students by having small class sizes.

Students enjoy the rich experiences available in San Francisco, one of the world's most vibrant, cosmopolitan, and beautiful cities. As the financial, cultural and technological center of the West Coast of the U.S., the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most economically advanced regions of the world. San Francisco's diverse population draws people from around the world, while the Pacific Ocean climate of the city is moderate all year round. Outside the city, USF students experience California's many other attractions, such as the Napa Valley wine country, the Redwood forests, Pacific beaches, the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, and the Big Sur Coast.

Location & Contact

Writing Program

College of Arts and Sciences
University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
United States

Dr. Micah Ballard

Director of Administration

Phone: 415-422-6066
Fax: 415-422-6996
Email: mfaw@usfca.edu

Mark Landerghini

Information Contact

Phone: 415-422-5101
Fax: 415-422-2217
Email: asgraduate@usfca.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Writing Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 27
    • 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? Yes
    • 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


61% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 180
    • Accepted 111
    • Acceptance Rate 61
    • Enrolled 29
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • 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 Degreesminimum overall GPA of 2.7, writing sample, 2 letters of recommendation, and resume, interview
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

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 awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableFinancial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students69
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students69
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Full-time Percentage87%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian63%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty11
    • Full-time Percentage45%
    • Part-time Percentage55%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTechniques of teaching the novel to writers, oral history
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported