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College of Liberal Arts

Krysten Hill is the author of How Her Spirit Got Out (Aforementioned Productions, 2016), which received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. The recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award and 2020 Mass Cultural Council Poetry Fellowship, she received her MFA in poetry from University of Massachusetts Boston, where she currently teaches. Read Krysten’s Poem spotlighted on Poem-A-Day!

Barbara Perez
–MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry)
Barbara Perez received BAs in English and philosophy from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006 and her MFA in creative writing from UMass Boston in 2010. Her poetry has recently appeared in Ploughshares and is forthcoming in The Lumberyard and Poetry. She is a two-time winner of the Academy of American Poets award and has been awarded scholarships to the NY Center for Book Arts and the NY State Summer Writers Institute. She is currently a literature and composition instructor at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas and sits on the education committee for the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, helping to extend the orchestra experience to students in the San Antonio area.

Jennifer De Leon
–MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction)
Jennifer De Leon earned a BA in international relations from Connecticut College and a master of arts in teaching from the University of San Francisco. She received her MFA in creative writing from UMass Boston in 2010. She is the winner of the 2011 Fourth Genre Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Ms., Briar Cliff Review, Brevity, Poets & Writers, Guernica, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010, and elsewhere. She has published author interviews in Granta and Agni, and she has been awarded scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sandra Cisneros Macondo Writers’ Workshop. The editor of the anthology, Wise Latina: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), she is also working on a memoir and a novel.

College of Liberal Arts

1) All students must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing with a 3.0 GPA overall and in the student’s major or an international equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0 (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work.

Official Transcripts should be sent from all schools attended and should reflect any graduate, as well as undergraduate, coursework.

If you have questions about whether your transcript reflects an appropriate range and level of work to support your admissions application, you may contact the MFA Program Director, who will be glad to review it with you.

2) Letters of recommendation should be substantive and detailed, with at least two from former teachers familiar with the applicant’s most recent academic and/or creative work. Recommenders should be able to speak to your potential for graduate study. The people you ask to recommend you should be able to comment in detail about the quality of your work and your particular strengths and achievements in creative writing. Even if you have been out of school for several years, your former professors are still likely to be the best source of letters, particularly if you can send them copies of work for their courses or otherwise help them to remember what was outstanding about your writing. Friends or employers are less often a source of useful letters.

3) The personal statement should focus on the role of your reading life in your development as a writer. Include a specific account of your past work and current direction; and include your rationale and goals for pursuing an MFA in general and at UMass Boston in particular, including how you see yourself contributing to the diversity, inclusivity, and equity of the program community.

4) A creative writing sample of 10 manuscript pages of poetry or 20 manuscript pages of fiction is required. This is the most important element of your application, and should reflect the range and accomplishment of your work. Manuscript pages in poetry may be single spaced, with no more than one poem to a page. Manuscript pages in fiction must be double-spaced. Font should be 12 point.

Your application will be read by the MFA faculty in the genre in which you apply, and by the Program Director. No decision can be considered until your application is complete. All application materials are submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. Here is the link to apply:

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 617-287-6400, [email protected] Or, contact the English Graduate Programs Office at [email protected], 617-287-6702

Please visit the Bursar’s Office for information on resident and non-resident tuition and fees.