M.F.A. in Creative Writing General Information


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The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University supports and celebrates aspiring writers who wish to reach and connect with larger audiences. Taught by esteemed faculty members with years of experience as successful, currently publishing writers, the program aspires to help all students develop their art and become not only great writers, but also great writers who get published.

Students enrolled within the low residency M.F.A. program engage in four semesters of online coursework and three summer face-time residencies that include a combination of master classes, individual projects and regular discussion with faculty mentors. The program includes two-week, on-campus residencies during three consecutive summers and a capstone thesis. The degree requires 60 total credit hours, a combination of residencies, individual projects and workshops.

Full-time students complete the program in 25 months. Students can also enroll half time or a combination of full- and half-time terms to complete the program in three to four years.

The Master's candidate earns a degree in one of three tracks:

General Program Information

Admissions Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid

In the first- and second-summer residencies, candidates also take one credit each summer of CRWR 600, learning or updating online tools mastery, attend faculty and student readings, and meet with non-residency mentors. Third-summer candidates earn one credit, attending and participating in critiques and readings for cohorts who are attending their first and second summers.

Non-Residency Mentoring Component

This component of each M.F.A. concentration pairs a student one-on-one with writing-faculty mentors. Students can expect to spend a minimum of 25 to 30 hours per week to complete writing assignments, for which mentors will provide weekly feedback using online tools. Students will also participate in threaded synchronous and asynchronous online voice and discussion boards during each term with other students and mentors. Students will earn 12 credits each semester for this work (six credits for each mentored topic).

Sample the M.F.A. Graduate Program

A non-degree-seeking student holding a bachelor’s degree may be allowed to complete up to nine credit hours of 600-level graduate coursework at Western, to be determined by individual graduate programs, before admission into a graduate program. These credits, graded B- or higher, may be applied to a graduate degree at Western upon approval by the chair or director of the program. The registration for graduate level courses does not constitute or imply admission into a graduate program, as the candidate must meet the program-admission requirements.  Coursework completed more than five years before being admitted into the graduate program shall be evaluated by the major department as to current relevance and applicability to the degree requirements.

For more information and registration, please contact Extended University Studies at 970.943.2885 or extendedstudies@western.edu.