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Writing, MFA

Master of Fine Arts

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Blended
  • Total Credits
    60
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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 From 3 Majors:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction
Our low-residency approach combines the flexibility of an online format with the benefits of an intensive on-site experience. Students participate in five 10-day residencies at the Lied Lodge Conference Center in Nebraska City.  The residency combines craft and theory where students attend lectures, manuscript workshops and readings of original work. Students receive three credit hours for the residency experience. Residency symposia participants have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors and make choices regarding your preferences for the coming semester. Our faculty are chosen not only for their literary and teaching accomplishments, but also because their approaches to teaching and the craft of writing coincide with our emphasis on individual mentors of each student.  

Nebraska City's Lied Lodge is a stunning facility with Adirondack styling set in a serene and peaceful setting. After a professionally rewarding day, participants may enjoy walking trails, fitness center, swimming pool and sauna and other amenities. 

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Self-assessment of your background in writing, reasons for wanting to enter the MFA program, and your goals as a writer

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Winter Residency and Spring Semester
August 15
Summer Residency and Fall Semester
March 15
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MFAW 8700Residency Session3

Course Number: MFAW 8700

A ten-day colloquium presenting lectures, classes, workshops, readings and individual conferences with seminar faculty. Taken 4 times, the Residency Session ends one seminar session and begins the next. The session affords students intensive contact with faculty and peers before returning to their writing projects. Prereq: Admission to MFA in Writing program. Not open to nondegree students.

MFAW 8710Graduating Residency Session0

Course Number: MFAW 8710

The Graduation Residency Session is the final residency for MFA students who have successfully completed their seminars and creative thesis. In the ten days of this residency, students will give a graduating lecture, "mentor" new students in their first residency, and give a reading from their thesis. A graduating ceremony will cap their activities during this session. Prereq: Permission of Program Director. Not open to nondegree students.

MFAW 8820Poetry Seminar12

Course Number: MFAW 8820

An individualized course in poetry writing. Taken four times, the seminar offers practical instruction in writing and criticism. Students will compose both original poetry and critical analyses of poetry. Prereq: Admission to the MFA in Writing program. Not open to nondegree students.

MFAW 8830Fiction Seminar12

Course Number: MFAW 8830

An individualized course in fiction writing. Taken four times, the seminar offers practical instruction in writing and criticism. Students will compose both original fiction and critical analyses of fiction. Prereq: Admission to the MFA in Writing program. Not open to nondegree students.

MFAW 8840Nonfiction Seminar12

Course Number: MFAW 8840

An individualized course in nonfiction writing. Taken four times, the seminar offers practical instruction in writing and criticism. Students will compose both original nonfiction and critical analyses of nonfiction. Prereq: Admission to the MFA in Writing program. Not open to nondegree students.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $552.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1656.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $552.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1656.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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