Extra Credit: Online MFA Programs

Online Master of Fine Arts programs are among the newest options in graduate education. In our companion to November/December issue’s roundup of online writing workshops, learn more about these five young Web-based MFAs ...
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Online Master of Fine Arts programs are among the newest options in graduate education. In our companion to November/December issue’s roundup of online writing workshops, learn more about these five young Web-based MFAs:

Full Sail University

fullsail.edu

Concentrations: Art of storytelling in different mediums, including film, TV, animation and gaming.

Tuition: $646 per credit hour.

Length: 48 credit hours, including an e-portfolio thesis.

Application Requirements: Application form, official transcript of undergraduate degree.

Contact: (800)226-7625.

Lindenwood University

lindenwood.edu/online/mfa-writing.html

Concentrations: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction.

Tuition: $450 per credit hour. Additional fees may apply.

Length: 45 credit hours, plus 3 hours thesis.

Application Requirements: Application form, official transcript of undergraduate degree, writing sample (7-10 pages), statement of purpose (why you are pursuing the degree and the role writing plays in your life), $30 application fee.

Contact: Beth Mead, MFA Program Director, bmead@lindenwood.edu, (636)949-4524.

National University

nu.edu/ourprograms/collegeoflettersandsciences/artsandhumanities/programs/master-fine-arts-creative-writing.html

Concentrations: Fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting.

Tuition: $1,728 per course.

Length: 13 courses, including 2 thesis courses.

Application Requirements: Students must meet the university graduate admission requirements, and submit writing samples: 2–3 short stories or essays (20–40 pages), or 10-12 pages of poetry, or a completed screenplay, or extensive sample of work in several forms.

Contact: Frank Montesonti, Lead Faculty, fmontesonti@nu.edu.

University of Arkansas – Monticello

uamont.edu/arts_and_humanities/mfa/index.htm

Concentrations: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry.

Tuition: $306 per credit hour (in state students); $551 per credit hour (out of state students).

Length: Must complete 48 hours, including 6 hours of thesis.

Application Requirements: Application form, official transcripts, writing sample (poetry: 10 pages; fiction and literary nonfiction: 20 pages; critical analysis: 3 pages max), personal essay (3 pages max) and 3 letters of recommendation. Students must be accepted by UAM Graduate Program and MFA Program.

Contact: Diane Payne, payne@uamont.edu, (870)460-1247.

University of Texas–El Paso

academics.utep.edu/default.aspx?tabid=42392

Concentrations: Fiction, poetry. (Program is fully bilingual and accepts students who speak, read and write English or Spanish.)

Tuition: $411.30 per credit hour (resident); $831.30 per credit hour (non-resident).

Length: 48 credit hours, including 6 hours of thesis.

Application Requirements: Application (apply.embark.com/grad/utep), writing sample (8-10 poems or 20 pages fiction), official transcript of undergraduate classes, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation.

Contact: onlinemfa@utep.edu.

To see a full list of online writing programs, be sure to check out the November/December issue of Writer's Digest.

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