University of Nevada Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

https://www.unlv.edu/degree/mfa-creative-writinghttps://www.unlv.edu/english

School notes

Degrees Offered

MFA, PhD

Genres

Fiction, Poetry, CNF

Residency type

Full

Program length

3 years

Financial Aid

Fully supported – $15,000 base Graduate Assistantship for ALL students, plus other funding opportunities, including average $4,000 + for International Focus Experience requirement – all tuition is also paid – the only responsibility of the student is to pay fees and health insurance, which averages about 13% of the total; access grants and other funding usually raises the amount of the base G.A. by $1,000 + in the 2nd and 3rd years; and 2nd and 3rd year students may apply for $500 in travel support from the English Department.
The BMI-Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation is a fellowship Ph.D., which offers $26,000, of which $17,000 is a base Ph.D. G.A. and $9,000 is a Black Mountain Institute Fellowship (with about 11-12% taken out for fees and health insurance, which varies per student). ALL tuition is paid. Ph.D. students typically divide their duties between teaching and editing (about 50-50).

Teaching opportunities

Almost all students teach to fulfill G.A. duties; but some prefer work tutoring students in our Writing Center and/or editorial duties or administrative roles in the department – most students split teaching with another duty

Editorial opportunities

About one-third of our M.F.A. students are engaged in some part of their G.A. duties with one of the journals/magazines published by the English Department or the Black Mountain Institute – “Witness”, “Interim”, or “The Believer” – and gain valuable skills in literary publishing.

Cross-genre study

Cross-genre work is required – ALL M.F.A. students are required to take at least 1 workshop in a genre other than the major genre. (Ph.D. students are not required to do this, but many do anyway).

Graduates

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