Guidelines for Admittance
To participate in this program the student must have:
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent professional certification from an accredited college or university
- Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
- Apply and be admitted to the program:
- Include a one- to two-page single-spaced self-assessment of your background in writing, reasons for wanting to enter the MFA program, and your goals as a writer.
- Include a single manuscript representing your best work in the genre track (poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction) for which you are applying: 15 total pages of poetry, 30-40 total pages of fiction or nonfiction.
- Names and e-mail addresses of three references:
- References will be sent an online recommendation form to complete, asking for an evaluation of your ability to complete a course of graduate study, the ability to work independently, and/or the quality of your prior literary achievements. References will receive an e-mail with instructions for submission. (Please inform each of them to expect this correspondence.)
- One set of official transcripts.
- If your native language is not English, demonstrate English proficiency by one of the following*:
|Paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or higher
||Internet-based TOEFL score of 79 or higher
*These minimum requirements are higher than the minimum requirements for admission to Graduate Studies.
|Winter Residency and Spring Semester
|Summer Residency and Fall Semester
Upon request, applications received after a priority deadline may be considered for admission in the upcoming term. Contact Jenna Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 402.554.3020 for more information.
Upon acceptance, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a student's place in the program. This deposit is applied toward the first Residency Meals and Lodging Fee. Prior to the first residency, applicants admitted to the Program will register for one residency session (3 credit hours). During the residency, students will register for the semester's distance seminar (12 credit hours).
Applicants not admitted into the program may reapply with new manuscript material after one year.
Your self-assessment statement and your manuscript sample must be submitted in your online application in .pdf format. If you are unable to submit your materials in .pdf format or have questions regarding the content of your submissions, please contact Jenna Lucas. Manuscript format should be in 12 pt. 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. Material in genres other than the one in which you are applying will not be read.
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. If denied admission, please wait one year to reapply.
Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Name: Jenna Lucas
Military/Veteran Student Office