The Creighton University

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The Creighton University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a two-year residential program whose focus is on the book. Students work toward creating book-length manuscripts and prepare them for publication through a series of workshops, craft classes, and literature seminars.

Eight-week terms provide flexible scheduling that includes built-in writing time. Students develop their writing skills at the same time that they learn to become contributing members of the literary community. Fellowships, some with teaching opportunities, are available, as well as training and real-world experience in editing and publishing.

In addition to our award-winning faculty writers (Brent Spencer, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Susan Aizenberg, and David Mullins), recent visiting writers, editors, and agents include Jonis Agee, Erin Belieu, Michelle Boisseau, Robert Boswell, Fred D’Aguiar, Michelle Herman, Harvey Hix, Ted Kooser, Antonya Nelson, Betsy Sholl, Mary Vermillion, Jane Von Mehren, Noah Ballard, and Arthur Kopit.

Types of Degrees and Certificates: MA, MFA, Graduate Certificate, and Certificate programs in poetry and prose, online certificate in screenwriting.

Type of Program: 2-year residential

Number of Credits Required: 48

Stipends/Fellowships: Several full fellowships covering full tuition with stipend, some half-fellowships covering half-tuition. All students are considered for fellowships. No separate application is required.

Preferred Application Deadline: Domestic: July 15 for fall. International students should apply at least three months in advance of anticipated start date in order to get all paperwork processed.

To Apply:

Admissions Requirements:
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any subject from an accredited college or university by the start of the first semester in the program. An application should include:

1. Completed application form and $50 non-refundable application fee;

2. Manuscript: A manuscript of original writing (published or unpublished): for the poetry track 10-12 pages, for the prose track 25-30 pages, for the screenwriting certificate 25-30 pages;

3. Personal Statement: A personal essay of about 500 words on the applicant's purpose for pursuing graduate study in creative writing, identifying a particular track (poetry, prose, screenwriting);

4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (no photocopies are accepted)

5. Three recommendations from persons other than family members and preferably submitted by undergraduate/graduate faculty and/or colleagues;

6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT). International applicants who receive their baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only) are NOT required to submit a TOEFL score report.

7. The program does not require the GRE but reserves the right to request GRE scores and/or a personal interview.

8. Technology: For the screenwriting track, acknowledge regular access to the technology needed to take online courses as outlined here. By starting the application process, students are implicitly acknowledging such access.

For more information:

Creighton MFA FAQ's

Brent Spencer, MFA Program Director
Department of English
Creighton University
Omaha, NE 68178