MFA in Creative Writing
The M.F.A. in Creative Writing is a terminal degree for writers, and for many years the University of Montana's program has been ranked highly among the top programs nationwide. Many of the program's graduates have become high-profile and critically acclaimed authors and poets; many teach or work in publishing; an increasing number (including those who have completed both the MFA and the MA in Literature degrees at the University of Montana) proceed to interdisciplinary PhD programs.
In addition to providing students with workshops in which to develop their writing skills, the program requires that its students take classes in the study of literature, valuing as it does the idea that the writer is both an artist and a critical thinker; the cumulative effect of their coursework is to allow students to develop their creative work and expand their understanding of literary technique. The program also offers training appropriate to collegiate-level teaching of creative writing and sponsors the graduate literary magazine CutBank, now in its fourth decade of publishing works of poetry, prose and art.
In a typical year, 200-300 students apply. Following a highly competitive admissions process, 20-30 successful applicants are accepted into Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry and begin a two-year course of study that culminates in a polished body of work and a public reading. During these years, students work closely with our nationally (and internationally) recognized regular faculty, as well as with the talented and highly-regarded visiting writers who annually fill the program's Hugo and Kittredge fellowships.