University of Nebraska, Omaha

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Omaha, NE
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
6-18 per semester
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2024
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Kevin Clouther
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Sandra Beasley, Graham Foust, Art Homer, Jim Peterson, Elizabeth Powell, Lee Ann Roripaugh, William Trowbridge, Miles Waggener, Teri Youmans

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Sandra Beasley, Teresa Carmody, Kevin Clouther, John Copenhaver, Charlene Donaghy, Art Homer, Patricia Lear, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Jim Peterson, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Catherine Texier, Teri Youmans

Playwriting and Screenwriting: Charlene Donaghy, Michael Kinghorn, Christina Ham, Michael Oatman, Samuel Brett Williams

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers fellowships, writing prizes, and graduate assistant positions.

Other Features: 

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in July and December/January, as well as a final 10-day Graduating Residency, at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City.

Students may enroll in a choice of pathways to earn the 60-hour MFA degree: full low-residency; transfer of a limited number of approved graduate-level credits earned at other institutions; and the option to enroll in a limited number of approved graduate-level online or on-campus courses offered by any University of Nebraska campus (University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Nebraska Kearney, University of Nebraska Lincoln, or University of Nebraska Medical Center).

The program also offers tracks in young adult writing, playwriting, and screenwriting.

General applications are considered on a year-round basis. The priority application deadline is November 1 for the Winter Residency/Spring semester, and June 1 for the Summer Residency/Fall semester. Applications received after a priority deadline may be considered for admission in the upcoming term.