University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Bilingual (MFA)

image of woman using mouse and keyboardThe Department of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) offers a 48-credit bilingual online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. The goal of this unique bilingual program is to prepare writers for the publishing marketplace and for teaching and editing careers, both in the United States and Latin America.

The degree plan consists of 42 credits of coursework (14 courses) followed by six credits of thesis during which the student completes a culminating project. Students in the program, the only one of its kind in the U.S., are trained at a professional level in the reading and writing of the genres of fiction, poetry, play writing, screen writing, essay, and literary translation.

Read more about this program in an article dated January 25, 2007 from Going Borderless and Bilingual.

Language Information

The MFA in Creative Writing is a bilingual program intended for students who have some mastery of both English and Spanish; however, English-only or Spanish-only students can complete the program. Some support services and processes may vary for Spanish-only students. These students should contact the Creative Writing Department at UTEP prior to applying for the program in order to understand these variances.

La Maestría en Bellas Artes con énfasis en Creación Literaria es un programa bilingüe dirigido a estudiantes que tienen algún dominio tanto del idioma inglés como del español. Los estudiantes monolingües, sin embargo, podrán completar el programa. Algunos de los servicios y procesos de apoyo pueden variar para el idioma español. Estos estudiantes deberán contactar al Departamento de Creación Literaria de UTEP antes de aplicar al programa, con el fin de entender estas discrepancias.


The degree requires 14 courses (42 credits of coursework) followed by six credits of thesis during which the student completes a culminating project. Of the 10 courses that are offered online, several may be repeated with different topics. Using this menu approach, students will easily be able to build a 48-credit program that fits their needs. Non-UTEP students who want to take MFA courses must get permission from the MFA Advisor.

Link to a list of the courses required for the degree plan. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select Creative Writing-Bilingual (MFA) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT El Paso

Daniel Chacon

Associate Professor, Online MFA Director

(915) 747-6255

Degree Awarded: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

An extensive list of frequently asked questions about the program can be found on the UTEP Department of Creative Writing website. Link to the UTEP site for financial aid information as well.

Getting Started

Apply for the Online MFA through the UTEP's graduate school. Minimum requirements for admission include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or Licenciatura in any field of study
  • A writing sample: 8-10 poems or 20 pages of fiction
  • All official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • All students must fill out a Graduate School Application in Embark and must pay an application fee.

If you have questions after reading all of the information provided above, please contact the Admissions Counselor, Claudia J. Cardoza, (915) 747-7899.