Master On Campus

Nonfiction Writing

The University of Iowa

36 months
29739 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
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The MFA in English with a focus in Nonfiction Writing is awarded by the Graduate College. This master degree program is offered by The University of Iowa. 


About Nonfiction Writing at The University of Iowa

Students will:

  • develop a common understanding and appreciation of the history and range of traditions of nonfiction writing including forms such as the essay, lyric essay, memoir, journalism, and experimental writing;
  • explore and practice the range of narrative strategies, prose styles, and approaches to stylistic analysis through workshop courses;
  • develop familiarity and experience with a range of research skills necessary to support the rigorous practice of nonfiction, including major theoretical approaches, and engage in reading-intensive discussions exploring new fields of nonfiction, including new writing technologies and media;
  • develop an individual teaching philosophy and practical skills for teaching creative nonfiction writing, including designing courses for different audiences, crafting syllabi, producing exercises, maintaining vibrant classroom discussions, and learning helpful strategies for providing constructive feedback to the writing of others;


An Our Alum page on the Department of English website provides information about Nonfiction Writing Program graduates. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Foundations of Creative Writing: Craft, Practice, Pleasure
  • Literary Readings Attendance
  • English at Work
  • Introduction to Criticism and Theory
  • Disability in Literature and Cultural Theory
  • Literature, Culture, and Women

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • A statement of purpose (no more than 500 words) explaining your reasons for choosing this degree program
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A 20- to 30-page writing sample representing any form of literary nonfiction, such as a personal essay, cultural commentary, in-depth portrait, interview, memoir, or feature story
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts from all post-secondary institutions 
  • Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29739 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29739 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    31012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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