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Master of Fine Arts in Writing

Our low-residency MFA in Writing combines four 16-week at-home semesters with five 10-day conference-style residencies

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Over the course of the program, you will earn 60 credit hours toward a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting, or Young Adult. At residency, you will attend lectures, workshops, and readings, and you will be paired with a faculty mentor with whom you will meet to design your study plan for the home-based semester. During the semester, while devoting a minimum of 25 hours per week to your studies, you will have time to maintain commitments to family or job while you pursue your literary studies within a flexible structure of writing, guided readings, and critical response. 


Choose Your Pathway

Contact Kevin Clouther, Program Coordinator ( with questions about which pathway is right for you.

Pathway 1 Traditional Low-Residency MFA in Writing

Currently enrolled and new students are automatically enrolled in this pathway, unless otherwise approved.

Pathway 2 Partial Substitution of Credit Hours Already Earned

If you have successfully completed graduate-level coursework at UNO or any accredited institution, you can reduce costs by requesting that up to 18 hours of previously earned credit be applied to the UNO MFA in Writing degree. Subject to approval. 

Pathway 3 Partial Substitution of Credit Hours Earned Through Additional Coursework

You have the option to enroll in a limited number of approved courses offered on campus or online by any University of Nebraska campus and have those credits substituted for required MFA degree credit hours. Subject to approval. 

Our Emphasis on Mentorship

Each faculty mentor is a practicing writer in his or her respective genres, and all bring to our program a collective wealth of experience and practice in contemporary writing and publishing. Every one of them is committed to the UNO MFA program’s emphasis on personalized one-on-one student-mentor relationships.  Our faculty pour their talents and energies into coaching their students for success in their writing careers. To hear from students and learn more about our program, click on the following video.