University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Creative Writing M.F.A. - Nonfiction

Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing; Nonfiction Concentration


500-level creative writing workshops12
Techniques courses3
Literature courses12
Total Hours45

Degree Specific Credits: 45

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • The MFA program in fiction, nonfiction or poetry normally takes two years to complete. Some students who choose to attend part-time take three years.
  • Submit a thesis acceptable to their MFA committee and to the Graduate School.
  • A prose thesis may be a novel, group of short stories, or collection of nonfiction essays with a minimum length of 80 pages.
  • A poetry thesis requires a minimum of 40 pages. With committee and graduate chair permission, an MFA could comprise work in both prose and poetry.
  • Candidates give a public thesis reading after committee approval.