What is the application deadline?
Applications must begin online by the January 10 deadline. A written portion of the application must be postmarked on or before January 10.
No! What we care about here is the quality of your writing sample.
What do GTAs teach?
GTAs usually teach English 101 their first semester. By the time they leave most have other courses to list on their CVs, including English 102, English as a Second Language, and business, professional, and technical writing.
Do I need recommendation letters to get into the MFA program?
No, but you need recommendation letters to apply for a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, which is important because that position covers your tuition and gives a stipend. Your best chance for being awarded a GTA position, where you would be teaching two sections of composition each semester, the recommendations should address teaching ability or your potential teaching ability. Also, letters which address reliability and maturity are valuable.
Do I need recommendation letters to get a GTA position?
Yes. In addition, as a part of the hiring process at WSU, all graduate assistants are required to submit to a criminal background check before employment commences. Your best chance for being awarded a GTA position, where you would be teaching two sections of composition each semester, the recommendations should address teaching ability or your potential teaching ability. Also, letters which address reliability and maturity are valuable.
Can I mail the GTA recommendation letters to Wichita State?
No. Have your recommenders mail the letters to the address given in Part 3 or use a service like Interfolio which, for a fee, will keep a file of your materials and mail it out to the offices that need them.
What are the requirements to be accepted into the MFA Program?
You need to have a B.A. Applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School, with the additional requirement of a 3.000 grade point average in their previous coursework in English. Since this is a studio-academic program, students should have 24 hours of undergraduate English courses, excluding such courses as communications and journalism. The most important part of the application is the poetry or fiction manuscript that is sent.
Must I have majored in English?
No. But we do like our MFA students to have 24 credit hours in English. If you have fewer, you can still be accepted. The creative writing program director evaluates the applicant’s transcript and prescribes additional undergraduate hours for those who have fewer than 24 credits of acceptable coursework in English. Courses in freshman composition, grammar, teaching methods, journalism, speech, etc. may not be included in the required 24 hours.
What are the requirements to be a GTA?
Once you’ve been admitted by the Graduate School and the MFA program, you need three (3) recommendation letters and an expository writing sample to demonstrate your writing skills.
If I’m an international student, can I be admitted to the MFA program?
Yes. The Office of International Education will help. (Wichita.edu/international) If you have earned your degree in a country where English is not the native language, you must score at least 600 paper-based, 25-computer-based, or 100 Internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS before you may be admitted to the program.
Can I submit a creative writing sample that’s neither fiction nor poetry? Can I submit a screenplay or creative nonfiction or journalism or an academic essay?
No, on all counts. Submit a writing sample in the genre in which you intend to study. We offer a program in fiction or a program in poetry.
Can I study screenwriting at Wichita State?
Yes, you can but in a limited way. We offer a course which teaches playwriting and screenwriting. It is taught through the Theatre Department. It's not possible, though, to write an MFA Final Project in these genres because we don't offer regular workshops in them.
Who should I ask to write me a recommendation to be a GTA?
Ask a professor who you’ve studied with. Ask someone who supervised you at work. Above all, ask someone whose own writing represents YOU well.
How much is tuition at Wichita State?
For fiscal year 2018, the tuition rate for graduate students per credit hour is $294.57 for in-state and $723.46 for out-of state. A student who is a GTA does not pay tuition; however, the GTA does have to pay fees. Fees are levied in tiers according to the number of credit hours the student is taking. The typical load for a graduate student is 9 credit hours each semester. (Note that MFA students have usually earned enough credits by their third year that they do not have to take 9 credit hours in the last academic year.) Fees are the same for out-of-state and in-state students. Fees for a 9-credit hour semester are $658. (A few smaller fees are assessed for technology and transportation as well.) Here are the tuition and fees costs for 2015.
Since almost all of our MFA students are GTAs a better way to plan expenses is to know that, in addition to books, the GTA will pay $1,316 per year in fees. Since the stipend is now $8,500, a better way to figure the cost is to realize the GTA stipend is, effectively, $7,184 for MFA students enrolled in 9 hours in the fall and 9 hours in the spring.
Do I receive help teaching writing to undergraduates as a GTA?
Yes. You have faculty mentors who meet with you regularly and help you in the classroom. You also are required to take English 780 Theory and Practice of Composition and English 681 Editing American English, both 3-credit courses.
A little. We are curently developing a program that allows our GTAs to teach creative writing in our Community Education program.
Do I take a comprehensive exam?
Yes. You write a three-essay exam usually at the end of your last year. It covers a list of 30 books you and your final project director have chosen from a central list.
You study with the MFA faculty and with our visiting distinguished writer or visiting distinguished poet. We invite a fiction writer and a poet each year to stay on campus for a month and offer one-on-one tutorials to our MFA students. These tutorials are regular courses and count for three (3) credits toward your MFA degree. Some of those who have visited in the past are Lee Abbott, Renee Ashley, Russell Banks, Marvin Bell, Michael Blumenthal, Scott Blackwood, Sharon Bryan, Scott Cairns, Peter Cameron, Brock Clarke, Ann Copeland, George Cuomo, Richard Currey, Phil Dacey, Robert Dana, Madeline DeFrees, Rick Demarinis, Stephen Dunn, Richard Elman, Carol Frost, Greg Glazner, Andrew Sean Greer, Deborah Greger, Ron Hansen, Michael Harper, William Hathaway, Shelby Hearon, Laura Kalpakian, Elizabeth Libbey, Jack Matthews, Michael McGriff, Jay Meek, Peter Meinke, Lisel Mueller, Richard Murphy, Jack Myers, Antonya Nelson, Kent Nelson, Achy Obejas, Ed Ochester, Robert Olmstead, Eric Pankey, Bette Pesetsky, Leslie Pietrzyk, Stanley Plumley, Kevin Prufer, Bin Ramke, Nancy Roberts, Mary Elsie Robertson, Dana Roeser, William Pitt Root, Abraham Rothberg, Hugh Seidman, Bob Shacochis, Terese Svoboda, Mark Smith, Henry Taylor, Katherine Vaz, Michael Waters, Paul West, James Wilcox, C.K. Williams, Hilma Wolitzer, Richard Yates, and Paul Zimmer.
First Year: 9 hours each semester of course work
First year GTAs are required to attend a two week training session immediately preceding the start of the Fall semester, so in the first two weeks of August. They are paid for this.
Second Year: 9 hours each semester of course work
Third Year: 6 hours each semester of course work
During this spring, you would take your Comprehensive Exam and you would finish your Final Project.