Through an agreement with UNLV’s Department of English, BMI is affiliated with the university’s MFA and Ph.D. programs in creative writing. Both programs aim, in the words of writer Geoffrey Wolff, to create a "lively dialogue between private imagination and public concern."
Ranked nationally among the top five doctoral programs in creative writing, UNLV's Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. Fellowship nurtures a growing number of exceptional writers, among them recipients of the Whiting Writers' Award, the New York Public Library's Cullman Center Fellowship, the Fulbright Award, and numerous book and journal prizes. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in writing, teaching at the college or university level, editing, and publishing, and includes course work in literature and creative writing, a qualifying examination, and a creative dissertation. More information about the program is available from the English Department.
UNLV’s MFA program in creative writing is designed so that writers can begin to recognize themselves and their writing in relation to world writing at large. In addition to course work and a creative thesis, the program requires students to travel internationally during their study and to complete a literary translation. The program is also the only one of its kind to give credit to students who wish to spend their time abroad in the Peace Corps. More information about the program, named by The Atlantic as one of the most innovative in the country, is available from the English Department.
UNLV's creative writing programs are led by a distinguished faculty of authors, including Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Douglas Unger, and Richard Wiley. More information about the faculty can be found in the affiliated faculty area of our web site.