Literature

Literature (LT77)

The Department of Literature is dedicated to research and debate on international and interdisciplinary issues surrounding the study of literature and culture. Students may write dissertations on any topic or in any field in which members of the faculty do research. The Program allows students a large measure of independence; at the same time it encourages a community of scholar-critics whose concerns are not restricted to any single literature or critical tradition.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Arts and Humanities
Specializations

Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies; English; Spanish

Department Literature
Major Literature
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 4, 2018 (Fall 2019)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Accepts only the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Not required

Additional Requirements

A 25 page (minimum) writing sample is required.

Contact Info

Website http://literature.ucsd.edu
Email litgrad@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 115 Literature Bldg.
Phone (858) 534-3217
Fax (858) 534-8686
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Literature Graduate Affairs
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0410
La Jolla, CA 92093-0410

Writing (LT84)

The MFA program is a 2-3 year residency program foregrounding the interconnectedness of literary arts practice, modes of production and distribution, and the rigorous study of literatures, arts, and cultures. All graduate writing workshops are cross-genre and often interdisciplinary, investigating and often undermining a studio-versus-academic distinction in advanced literary education. Moreover, the program encourages interdisciplinary research and holistic approaches to teaching and learning. Quarterly cross-genre workshops discuss writing-in-progress and published works in terms of poetics, prosody, and literary conventions alongside the interrelationship between aesthetic intervention/ experiment and radical social change across cultures, nations, regions, and movements. Both faculty and graduate projects tend to repurpose, interweave, hack, and muddle generic categories and/or radically elasticize their conventions.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Arts and Humanities
Program Overview The MFA in Writing is a full residency, cross-genre program. It's designed to be completed in two years but students have the option of doing a third year. All students, domestic and international, are eligible for full funding. Most funding packages are based on teaching apprenticeships.

The program admits 4-8 new students each year. Workshop enrollment is 12-15. All graduate writing workshops are offered in English, but program participants may work with Literature and extra-departmental faculty on bilingual or multilingual projects, including works in translation.

The MFA is a terminal degree. Courses used for the MFA cannot also be used for a PhD.
Specializations

Cross-Genre/Hybrid with Emphasis in Fiction or Poetry
(Note: The MFA in Writing plans to seek approval from UCSD's Graduate Council to change the program specialization to "Cross-Genre" effective Fall 2019. Students will no longer be asked to select an emphasis in fiction or poetry. Visit our website for additional information.)

Department Literature
Major Writing
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Fall quarter admission only. The program does not accept late applications.

Application Deadlines December 12, 2018 (Fall 2019)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
Not required
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

International applicants must meet the Speaking subscore requirement for teaching assistants. More information: https://grad.ucsd.edu/financial/employment/ases/international-tas.html
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Online letters of recommendation only. More information: http://literature.ucsd.edu/grad/mfa/admission/instructions.html

Statement of Purpose

Required

More information: http://literature.ucsd.edu/grad/mfa/admission/instructions.html

Resume/CV

Recommended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required. More information: http://literature.ucsd.edu/grad/mfa/admission/instructions.html

Contact Info

Website https://literature.ucsd.edu/grad/mfa/admission/index.html
Email mfawriting@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 139 Literature Bldg.
Phone (858) 534-8849
Mailing Address
UC San Diego
Literature Department / MFA
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0410
La Jolla, CA 92093-0410

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