Engage the Power of Words.
Claim your individual voice and vision through one of the three graduate programs offered by our Literatures & Languages Department. Find inspiration and support from an inclusive community of writers and scholars in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant literary scene.
MFA in Creative Writing
Grow as a writer and reader as you prepare to publish, perform, or teach. Focus on poetry or prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) and earn your MFA in two to three years.
MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing
Hone your craft as a writer and a visual artist in this two-year program, the first of its kind in the nation. Access outstanding letterpress, printmaking, and bookbinding resources.
MA in English Language & Literatures
Develop critical writing and research skills as you prepare for doctoral study, teaching, or a communications career. Complete the program in two to three years.
Apply for competitive fellowships in writing and community engagement, which support projects exploring the socially transformative power of literature.
Faculty Artists & Scholars
Be inspired by published scholars, leading book artists, and award-winning novelists, poets, translators, and journalists. All are dedicated educators who will mentor you one-on-one.
Contemporary Writers Series
Meet renowned writers who visit Mills to read from and discuss their work. Past speakers include Natalie Baszile, Joyce Carol Oates, and Cherríe Moraga.
“It took attending three other universities to finally find one that fostered female empowerment and personal growth—this was unique both to Mills and to the graduate English program.”
“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.”