36 months
21592 USD/year
21592 USD/year
5500 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from University of Nevada, Reno fosters a close-knit, supportive community within which to write and study. It's part of a dynamic, growing University less than an hour's drive from some of the most beautiful natural wonders in North America.


The Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from University of Nevada, Reno is designed for students who want to pursue a professional degree with emphases on both students' writing and graduate-level scholarship in English. 


The degree involves a three-year course of study, requiring a series of rigorous workshops centered on the development of students' creative work, in addition to coursework in literary history, critical theory and literary craft. Students will have the opportunity to develop a significant body of publishable creative work with an understanding of and the ability to describe the work's historical/literary context.

As the terminal degree in the field of creative writing, the MFA degree prepares graduates to teach at the collegiate level, as well as for employment in the fields of publishing, literary agenting and editing. The degree also guides writers toward publishing in nationally prominent presses, journals and magazines.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Craft and Forms of Creative Writing
  • Topics and Problems in Creative Writing 
  • Literary Editing and Publishing
  • Graduate Workshop in Fiction / Poetry
  • Graduate Study

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH
  • 33 credits of graduate work
  •  the thesis plan requires 31 total credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from every institution attended for a complete history of your education
  • Official GRE or GMAT test scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years (exam requirement and recommended scores are determined by individual programs)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation, per program-specific requirements (your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    5500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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