Students on Pratt campus

Funding Information for Applicants

Because of the support of Pratt’s administration, the Pratt MFA in Writing is now able to equally fund each admitted student with a substantial tuition scholarship (which continues in the second year as long as the student remains in good standing). In the second year of the program, students can also apply for non-teaching graduate assistantships that we award based on need (typically the program has 4-5 assistantships to distribute, dependent upon that year’s budget). Please contact the department chair for more specific information regarding funding at

The possibility of taking on student debt for an MFA degree is a decision with significant consequences, and one we want each potential applicant to the program to carefully assess. View the cost of the program.

The Pratt MFA in Writing is a full-time program only. Our typical class size averages 10-12 students.

Our Admissions Practices

  • For applicants who apply by our priority deadline of January 5: we hope to notify these applicants of their decisions by mid-March, but the timeline can vary depending on the year and volume of applications. We sincerely appreciate your patience. If you are concerned about the timeline or have applied later than the priority deadline, please feel free to contact a writing department representative at for an update on how long reviews will take.
  • We can’t answer specific questions about our admissions decisions—the deliberations of our admissions committee are confidential.
  • If you’ve been placed on our waitlist, you’ll receive personal notification from the program via email.
  • When we turn to our waitlist, our choice of candidate from the waitlist will be shaped by a variety of factors to do with cohort composition. Because of the nature of that process, we don’t conventionally rank our waitlists, so we can’t answer questions about ranking. Nor can we share other information about our waitlists, including the number of waitlisted candidates.
  • We know the waitlist experience is stressful. We promise to be in touch promptly whenever we have information that substantially changes your status on the list.