An applicant is accepted for graduate work upon the recommendation
of the creative writing faculty and subsequent admission to the
Graduate School. Students must hold a bachelors degree and
must possess clearly demonstrated skills in a creative writing
genre. Graduate Record Examination scores, undergraduate transcripts,
and three letters of recommendation should be submitted. All applicants
must identify the genre in which they plan to specialize and submit
a portfolio of their writing in that genre (a play, a film script,
two short stories or a novel of comparable length, or ten poems).
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the following
must be met:
of at least 45 hours of FTCA and English courses,
18 hours of which must be in residence.
hours of 6000-level course work in creative writing workshops,
at least 12 of which will be in the thesis genre area, and 9 hours
of which must be in residence. These required courses are: for
fiction writing, English 6171, or 6191; for poetry writing, English
6172, or 6193; for Nonfiction writing, English 6174 or 6194; for
playwriting,FTCA 6207, or FTCA 6209; for screenwriting,
FTCA 6257, or 6259.
hours in Form and Idea, FTCA 6020; 3 hours
in Non-Fiction Writing, English 6174, or 6194. For students whose
thesis genre is nonfiction, a sixth workshop course is required
in a genre other than nonfiction.)
hours in background courses
Fiction and poetry writing students will be required to take
this in the literature of their genre.
Screenwriting and playwriting students will be required to take
six hours of techniques courses and a three-hour history course
in their genre area.
grade of B or better in all required course work.
hours of electives, chosen in consultation with the director of
creative writing, these elective hours will be expected to conform
to a cohesive program of study.
overall GPA of 3.0 in elective courses.
creative thesis for which the student may receive six hours of
preparation credit. The creative writing thesis will be prepared
under the supervision of a committee approved by the dean of the
Graduate School. This committee will ordinarily consist of three
members of the graduate faculties of the departments of Film, Theatre & Communication Arts and English.
comprehensive exam in the students genre area that will be
prepared, administered, and graded by the thesis committee. It
will concern itself with the literature of the students genre
Students who hold masters degrees from other institutions or
from other UNO programs may apply for admission, but upon acceptance
they must meet all requirements for the M.F.A. degree listed above
and must complete 36 hours of resident or non-resident work at UNO,
including all 15 hours in writing workshop courses.