Writing, MFA

Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Writing

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Blended
  • 60
  • $514.00
  • $514.00

Why Pursue This Program

The Writing, MFA program is designed for individuals with a passion for storytelling. It was created to give students an opportunity to expand their writing in a fully supported online environment.   

Why students choose this program:  

  • To learn who they are as a writer, artist and collaborator as they push boundaries to discover and learn about new avenues of their art.  
  • To gain an opportunity to focus on individual projects in the student's preferred genre, with a plan of study to support these projects.  
  • To join a tight-knit community of dedicated writers where relationships last long beyond graduation.  
  • To access all genres of creative writing through the short residency requirement.  
  • To maximize previously earned graduate-level coursework through the Pathways program.  

The flexible structure, guided readings and critical response focus on the following areas:

  • Fiction 
  • Poetry 
  • Creative Nonfiction 
  • Young Adult 
  • Playwriting 
  • Screenwriting 

More about the mentorship: 

Each semester a student is paired with a mentor, who is selected not only for their literary and teaching accomplishments but also for their approach to teaching and their style of writing. Mentors are working artists who bring real-world experience to the learning environment. It is truly a collaborative environment where the mentor pushes the student's critical writing and reading skills through one-on-one discussion, questions and imagination.  

More about the residency requirement:

The residency combines craft and theory where students attend lectures, workshops and readings of original work, all under one roof. The residency is designed to inspire a continued commitment to the art and refuel enthusiasm with the solitary writing time during the semester ahead. Students are introduced to a variety of artistic concepts and practical writing techniques in a mixture of literary activities. Students are encouraged to explore event offerings and network with mentors in all genres. 

Each residency will include a combination of instructional activities and co-curricular events, including: 

  • Lectures and craft discussions conducted by faculty and guest writers  
  • Small team-taught workshops  
  • Readings of original work by faculty, guest writers and graduating students  
  • Individual conferences with faculty mentors   

Attention: In response to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the MFA in Writing will hold the July 16-24, 2021 residency entirely online. 

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.


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.

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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.