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Application Requirements

We accept applications in Adult or Young Adult Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Playwriting.  Application requirements for each concentration are detailed below.

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NOTE: For purposes of Financial Aid and Tuition/Fees billing, each Residency is considered part of the Semester which follows.

To apply for the Summer Residency/Fall Semester, choose Fall as your term.
To apply for the Winter Residency/Spring Semester, choose Spring as your term.

All applicants must fulfill the following:

1.  Hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent professional certification from an accredited college or university.  You should request that official transcripts from each college or university attended be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.  Hand-carried or student-submitted credentials are not acceptable, and submission to any office other than Graduate Studies will delay your application;

2.  Fill out the Online Application form for the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Information entered on this form is received by the Office of Graduate Studies for processing before being distributed to the MFA Program Office.  If you have any questions or encounter any problems with the online application, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (402) 554-2341.

3 A. Submit the following to the online application in Fiction (Adult or YA), Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry:

I. Statement of Purpose (1-2 single-spaced pages)
* a self-assessment of your background in writing;
* reasons for wanting to attend the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program;
* your goals as a writer;
* how you believe our MFA in Writing program will benefit your goals;
* any other experience you have in the wider community of literature (e.g. organizing or participating in craft workshops, attending conferences, working for literary magazines, etc.);
           
II. Creative Sample
Submit a single manuscript representing your best work in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry:
* 15 total pages of poetry, 30-40 total pages of fiction or nonfiction (complete piece, excerpt or multiple pieces, as long as the submission is a single document). See below for formatting requirements;
             
III. Recommendations
* email contact information for three persons who can attest to your ability to complete a course of graduate study, the ability to work independently, and/or the quality of your prior literary achievements. Recommenders will receive an email with instructions for submission.
             


3 B. Submit the following to the online application in Playwriting:

  I. Statement of Purpose
* a one- to two-page single-spaced self-assessment of your background in writing;
* reasons for wanting to attend the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program;
* your goals as a writer;
* how you believe our MFA in Writing program will benefit your goals;
* specific experience as it pertains to full-length plays, one-act plays, and ten-minute plays, plus any experience in other areas of theatre;

II. Creative Sample
Submit a single manuscript representing your best work playwriting:
* 15-20 pages of original playwriting. See below for format requirements.

III. Recommendations
* email contact information for three persons who can attest to your ability to complete a course of graduate study, the ability to work independently, and/or the quality of your prior literary achievements. Recommenders will receive an email with instructions for submission.

Format Requirements:

Material in genres other than the one in which you are applying will not be read.

Fiction (Adult or YA), creative nonfiction, and poetry manuscript format should be in 12 pt. Times or Times New Roman typeface with 1" margins.  Poetry may be single-spaced, prose should be double-spaced, pages numbered top right, applicant's last name at top left of each page.

Playwriting submissions should follow standard Playwriting format. If you have questions, contact our Playwright in Residence, Benjamin Graber.

Applicants are admitted to the Program primarily on the basis of the original manuscript; therefore, the manuscript should exhibit sufficient quality of work, level of commitment and sophistication of skills to suggest you are ready for graduate work in writing and literature.  Manuscripts are read by a panel of faculty and the Program Director to determine whether an applicant has a working understanding of the represented form, as well as whether the writing possesses the more abstract qualities of energy, enthusiasm for language, and ambitious intent.  Comments made in response to application manuscripts are intended for the Program Director’s internal use and are not made available to applicants, nor can the Program Director supply individual faculty evaluations to those applicants who are denied admission. Applicants not admitted into the program may reapply with new manuscript material after one year.
             
NOTE: With the exception of international applicants who must submit a TOEFL score, applicants do not need to submit any standardized test scores such as the GRE. International applicants should contact the International Studies and Programs office regarding questions about transcripts or TOEFL. All applicants, however, should include a summary of any pertinent graduate or undergraduate work completed.

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