Engage the Power of Words.
Claim your individual voice and vision through one of the two graduate programs offered by the Mills Literatures & Languages Department. Choose our innovative Flex Res MFA in Creative Writing that enables you to earn a degree from Mills from anywhere in the country. Or pursue our renowned master of arts degree in English language and literatures in just one year. Whatever option you choose, you'll find inspiration and support from an inclusive community of writers and scholars in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area’s literary scene.
The Flex Res MFA in Creative Writing
Mills offers a new kind of MFA in creative writing in poetry or prose that enables you to choose how you want to learn each semester. Whether you’re interested in traditional classes, individualized mentoring, or both, we give you the flexibility to earn your degree your way along with one-on-one support from our writers and scholars.
MA in English Language & Literatures
The one-year master of arts (MA) in English language and literatures is designed to develop your critical writing and scholarly research skills in the context of your unique goals. You’ll work closely and collaboratively with our faculty of renowned scholars to choose a course of study and develop a final thesis project that is a sustained piece of scholarly research.
All full-time students can apply for a graduate assistantship where you might help publish our student journal, work on our writing and reading series, or collaborate in the community as part of the We Are the Voices initiative.
Be inspired by award-winning novelists, poets, and journalists as well as published scholars. All are dedicated educators who will mentor you one-on-one.
“I have never written more intensively or in a more stimulating environment than I did when I was in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Mills College.”
“The faculty is the keystone of the Mills education. Every single professor I studied with was attentive to my individual needs as a person, as a student, but most importantly, as an aspiring artist.”
“My Mills professors created an academic environment that was as rigorous as it was empowering—pushing me to think more deeply and thoughtfully.”