Yes. In your portfolio, include two complete writing samples, one in each genre to which you are applying. In your personal statement, make it clear that you are applying in two genres and your reasons. You will be admitted in only one genre, and the MFA committee will decide, based on your portfolio, which genre that will be.
Apply as soon as you have your materials ready. It takes the Office of Graduate and International Admission and Enrollment a while to process applications, and they prefer to process them as they come in rather than receiving all of them on Feb. 15. So, if you can, get your materials in before the deadline.
Several Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) positions are available in the University Writing Program for M.F.A. students in their second year who have successfully completed CWPA 761 Teaching Writing.
During the first year of the M.F.A., students are eligible to apply for a Klein Family Supplemental Instructor (SI) position, where they receive a small stipend to assist a professor with an undergraduate School of Communications Design or Writing Program class. In addition, there are a limited number of assistantships in media and publications.
Normally, a low GPA will disqualify you, but if there are extenuating circumstances, you can include your explanation in your personal statement.
We don’t require interviews, but you are welcome to make an appointment with the director, Kendra Kopelke. Also, Jaye Crooks, our academic program specialist/adviser, can answer most of your questions on the phone or by email.
It’s what happens when writers feel free to experiment and to play. Possibilities open up. That's when you get someplace new. In your first semester at UB in your Creativity: Ways of Seeing class, you will be introduced to plorking.
This spirit of play will carry into your classes when you make books, work on a Wiki with your fellow classmates, perform your work and more.