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.
  • Candidates must 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 must give a public thesis reading after committee approval.
Workshop - Complete 12 credits of the following course:12
Nonfiction Workshop
Techniques - Complete 3 credits of the following course:3
Techniques of Nonfiction
Literature - Complete 12 credits of the following courses:12
Note: only one 400-level LIT course may count.
Any 400-level LIT course available for graduate credit
Special Topics
Seminar in British Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in Comparative Literature
Special Topics
Graduate Independent Study
Electives - Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
Teaching College Level Composition
Other elective courses with Director approval
Thesis - Complete 12 credits of the following course:12
Total Hours45