How It Works
UNO's innovative Online MFA program gives students from all over the world a chance to study with our award winning faculty through online courses in spring and fall semesters and, if they so choose, at our summer residencies in Cork, Ireland and Brunnenburg, Italy, during the summer. A highly ranked studio/research program, UNO's MFA degree trains students through writing workshops and literary studies. With 45 required hours, students can complete the degree by going full time for 5 semesters. Students also have the ability to go part time if work and or other obligations do not allow for full time study. As all Online MFA students pay "in state" tuition, and are not responsible for "non-resident" fees, UNO's program remains one the most flexible and affordable options for serious writers to earn the terminal degree in their field.
How It's Different
Unlike many Low Residency or distance learning MFA programs in which students are paired with a single faculty member for the duration of their studies, UNO's Online MFA is organized into standard semesters, providing students the benefit of exposure to a variety of professors in each genre over the course of their studies as well as continuous interaction with their classmates. Strong, often life-long writing relationships result from this approach, so that students leave the program with a writing community to support their growth after graduation. These relationships are particularly fortified by participation in the Summer Residencies Abroad.
The Summer Residencies Abroad
Every summer, the program goes abroad for a month, where students have the opportunity to interact face-to-face with their professors and classmates as well as with a diverse group of renowned writers from the host country. Our program is currently partnered with University College Cork in Ireland and the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Brunnenburg, Italy for summer residencies. This intense interaction with the work of fellow writers makes for a strong writing community both while studying abroad and from the comfort of home.