Why Mills

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Mills' graduate programs in English place you at the cutting edge of literary and artistic work in new media, critical theory, and diverse cultural traditions. Your work here will transform you and the world around you.

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is at the center of a vital artistic and literary community. Our graduate programs in English are distinguished by their long-established reputations, innovation, outstanding faculty, intimate community of writers and scholars, and commitment to a vision of the literary arts as socially transformative. We offer a wide range of professional development opportunities in and out of the classroom to learn more about teaching and publishing. At Mills, we are committed to offering both need-based scholarships and graduate assistantships to help students fund their studies at Mills.

We offer a master of arts (MA) degree in English Language and Literatures and a master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing with a focus on poetry or prose (fiction or creative nonfiction), with options for either two-year or three-year courses of study. We also offer the first interdisciplinary MFA degree in book art and creative writing in the nation and the first low-residency MFA degree in translation in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Why Mills? Pursuing graduate study is a big decision, and it’s important to choose the program that’s best for you. Take a look around, read what our students have to say, see the work our alumnae/i are doing, and then come to our beautiful California campus to visit a class or attend a Contemporary Writers Series reading.


Last Updated: 11/5/15