Hi All. One of our readers has this question about the Brooklyn MFA program. I feel like there must be some logical explanation for the situation, and we'd appreciate if you have any insights into it. Thanks! -- TK
I have been a big fan of the blog and found it to be a tremendous help through all stages of the application process. I have now seen three different posters on the blog that were not accepted into the MFA program at Brooklyn College but were assured of acceptance into the MA English program upon redirection of their applications. I am in the exact same situation. The other options I have are Emerson, of which I'm quickly finding all the naughty rumors to be true, and Roosevelt University in Chicago, about which I know very little and only applied to because they contacted me and waived the application fee.
So anyway, this Brooklyn option is interesting and is considerably more affordable even without the better prospects of financial aid that Brooklyn offers. I just don't know how to interpret it, especially since it seems they are diverting a lot of their applicants to their MA program. What does that mean? Is their MA program unpopular and they just want to fill it? Or are they just really excited about their applicant pool and want to offer a spot to students who might be happier or better suited to an MA? Has anyone heard of this kind of thing? What do you think about it? Have you heard anything about Brooklyn's MA program? Also, what are your thoughts about becoming a writer via MA English degree instead of MFA degree?
Also, I saw one of commenter "Ethan's" questions about talking to the program and seeing if there is any wiggle room in squeezing a workshop class or two into the MA degree. I guess that's a question that only the department can answer. I know Brooklyn's MFA program is up and coming and Tom treated it well in his book. This just seems a bit odd to me, especially given that there are 3 other people on this blog alone in the same situation. I really need some perspective on this. Thanks!