Nature Writing MFA and MA

Western Colorado University

Date Posted: May 22, 2019
Submitted by: Hallie Graves
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree
Completion: 2 to 3 years
Distance: Both


The Nature Writing MFA and M.A. analyze the human development of nature writing and explore the progression of the anthropocene and environmental writing. Western's program is low-residency and is located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The program enables students to learn to explore natural and built landscapes through many genres of writing, from poetry to creative nonfiction to environmental journalism—and everything in between.

More about the program from: (Nature Writing. Retrieved from:

  • MFA students attend three summer residencies: one prior to the first semester, one between years one and two, and one in the third summer.
  • During the academic year, full-time MFA students take two courses each semester. These 6-credit courses make use of videoconferencing and the Blackboard platform for online work
  • To complete the MFA, students work on a thesis throughout their final year. Completed theses are bound, registered, and placed on the shelves of Western’s Leslie J. Savage Library.
  • M.A. students pursue an identical curriculum to MFA students, but only come for two summers and one academic year. M.A. students do not write a thesis.