Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Dr. Andrea Rexillus, Director

Dr. Eric Baus, Assistant Director

Regis University
Carroll Hall, Room 116
Mail Code: H-16
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO  80221-1099

Degree Overview

The Mile-High MFA requires the successful completion of four 16-week writing semesters and five ten-day residencies. Students will begin with an Orientation at their first residency and end with an MFA Degree Ceremony in their final residency. Following each residency (except the last) will be a semester-long study in which students will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor. By their final residency, students will have written and revised 240-400 pages of prose (fiction, nonfiction) or 160-240 pages of poetry, hybrid, or flash fiction, along with at least 16 book annotations, a thesis proposal, a book-length thesis, a Critical Essay Preface to their thesis, a Writing in the World Action Plan, and an MFA Portfolio.

Master of Fine Arts Program Charges for the 2023 – 2024 Academic Year

Charge Amount
Tuition (per semester hour) $721
General Fee (per semester hour) $70
Wellness Offset Fee (per course, excludes online courses) $45
Technology Fee (per semester hour) $20
Graduation Application Fee $50

Admission Requirements

In addition to the graduate admissions requirements in the General Information section of this Catalog, applicants must meet the following requirements before an admission recommendation will be rendered:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college (required)
  • GPA or higher in English/writing classes preferred
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • Demonstration of exceptional writing ability (or the potential for exceptional writing)--15 pages required
  • Personal interview (at the directors’ discretion)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A $350 non-refundable deposit (required upon acceptance) that will be applied toward tuition.

Dual-Genre Study

Students typically choose one genre to study, by the end of their first writing semester, they may apply for a dual-genre study, which will entail an additional (fifth) semester and an additional (sixth) residency.

Pedagogy Specialization

By the end of their first semester students may enroll in a pedagogy specialization, which will entail an additional 12 credits (four 8-week online courses) taken via the MA in Literature and Creative Writing specialization in the School for Professional Advancement. 


Fiction (Literary, Young-Adult, Speculative), Creative Nonfiction, Poetry.

Single-Semester Study

Graphic Narrative, Scriptwriting, Picture Books, and Editing.


The low-residency format offers the flexibility of working from home without sacrificing academic rigor.

Students will come to the Lowell campus in northwest Denver twice a year, in January and July, for ten-day residencies (out-of-town students will stay in a local hotel in January, and either on campus or in a hotel in July), then return home to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor (via email, an online class structure, and/or Zoom) for the semesters that follow.