Prepare for a career as a writer

In a rapidly changing world, business, industry, and academia increasingly demand the skills of written communication. Writing the Great American Novel isn’t the only way to earn a living as a writer—and many professionals earn lucrative incomes as technical writers, content writers, editors, social media campaign leaders, and communication managers.

Through courses in technical writing, grant writing, document design, and publishing, as well as composition theory, students gain deep experience in the types of writing required in today’s professional, academic, technical and creative communities. In addition to coursework, many students participate in paid writing internships which provide real-world experience and contacts to build a bridge to their writing careers.

The MA in Writing prepares students for a variety of careers in writing as well as for the pursuit of terminal degrees as researchers and academics. This degree program can be completed 100% online or through a combination of online and face-to-face courses. For more information, please contact us.


Three Track Options Available

Technical Writing

Specialize in the technical communication used in a variety of fields including computer hardware, software, engineering, chemistry, aeronautics, robotics, finance, medical, HCI/UX.

Rhetoric & Composition

Further your study of professional writing, research and writing instruction, especially if you plan to pursue teaching or further academic study.

Creative Writing

Hone your writing craft in fiction, creative non-fiction and/or poetry. Also, expand your options for professional writing in areas such as copywriting and creative content writing for a variety of platforms.


Admissions

The Master of Arts degree in Writing may be earned 100% online. In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies, admission to the Master of Arts degree programs in English and Writing also require:

Unconditional Admission

  1. Preparation: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have at least 24 semester hours in English above the 200 level. A Graduate Admissions Committee will review each application; consequently, all applications and supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions of the University in accordance with submission deadlines established by that office.
  2. Scholastic Achievement: A minimum of 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. Test Scores: Submission of satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (General Test) or the Miller Analogies Test. Students who seek admission to the program must receive a minimum score of 388 on the MAT or a minimum score of 286 on the combined Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE.
  4. Three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies in English, Department of English, and the University of North Alabama.
  5. Writing Sample: Minimum of eight pages, preferably a research or scholarly essay or paper from previous classes, to be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, University of North Alabama. For MA in Writing, a sample portfolio is required.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who satisfy all requirements for unconditional admission except for the minimum scholastic (grade) requirement but who have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better (4.0 scale) may be admitted on conditional status subject to attainment of grades which include no more than three semester hours of C and no grades lower than C on the first three graduate courses (nine semester hours) for which enrolled.

Transfer Admission

In addition to the general requirements for Transfer Admission to Graduate Studies (See General Regulations and Procedures), up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit by transfer will be accepted with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Exceptions must be approved by the graduate program coordinator, department chair, and college dean.


Advisement

Prior to the completion of 12 semester hours credit in the program, students shall be assigned an academic advisor by the Director of Graduate Studies.


Degrees and Programme Plans

Master of Arts Degree in Writing: a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit, to include the following core and options.

Core Courses of Study 1
EN 602W Introduction to Graduate Studies: Writing Seminar 3
EN 615W Technical Writing 3
Tracks
Select one of the following tracks: 27-33
  • Track I: Technical Writing
  • Track II: Rhetoric and Composition
  • Track III: Creative Writing
Total Hours 36

1 Students should take the core courses as early as possible in their program, but must complete them by the time they have taken 18 hours of coursework. At least 50 percent of the coursework required to complete the selected option must be earned at the 600 level.


Track I: Technical Writing

Required Component
EN 534W Language and Gender 3
EN 545W Multimodal Writing 3
EN 625W Document Design 3
EN 635W Publishing Practicum 3
EN 694W Directed Final Project 3
Elective Component
Select 12-15 credits from the following: 12-15
  • EN 539 Technical Editing
  • EN 540W Grant Writing
  • EN 542 Survey of Grammar
  • EN 572W Rhetoric: Argument and Style
  • EN 575W Literacy, Culture, and Theory
  • EN 595W Selected Topics in Writing
  • EN 609W Rhetorical Theory and Culture
  • EN 641 English Linguistics
  • EN 660W Writing Internship
  • EN 691W Selected Seminar in Writing
  • EN 697 Independent Study
Total Hours 27


Track II: Rhetoric and Composition

Required Component
EN 534W Language and Gender 3
EN 545W Multimodal Writing 3
EN 609W Rhetorical Theory and Culture 3
EN 610W Composition Theory 3
EN 694W Directed Final Project 3
Elective Component
Select 12-15 credits from the following: 12-15
  • EN 535W Writing Protest and Dissent
  • EN 539 Technical Editing
  • EN 540W Grant Writing
  • EN 541 History of the English Language
  • EN 542 Survey of Grammar
  • EN 566 Sociolinguistics
  • EN 572W Rhetoric: Argument and Style
  • EN 575W Literacy, Culture, and Theory
  • EN 595W Selected Topics in Writing
  • EN 625W Document Design
  • EN 635W Publishing Practicum
  • EN 641 English Linguistics
  • EN 645W Seminar in Creative Writing
  • EN 660W Writing Internship
  • EN 691W Selected Seminar in Writing
  • EN 697 Independent Study
Total Hours 27


Track III: Creative Writing

Required Component
EN 615W Technical Writing 3
EN 645W Seminar in Creative Writing
EN 656W Seminar in Literary Editing and Publishing 3
  • EN 555W Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction and Drama or
  • EN 556W Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry and Creative Non-fiction
3
EN 556W Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry and Creative Non-fiction 3
  • EN 690 Thesis &
  • EN 695 Thesis Defense
0
Elective Component
Select 12-15 credits from the following: 12-15
  • EN 534W Language and Gender
  • EN 535W Writing Protest and Dissent
  • EN 542 Survey of Grammar
  • EN 544W Grant Writing for the Creative Writer
  • EN 564 The Contemporary American Novel
  • EN 565 Contemporary Poetry
  • EN 555W Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction and Drama (if not taken for Section II)
  • EN 556W Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry and Creative Non-fiction (if not taken for Section II)
  • EN 595W Selected Topics in Writing
  • EN 625W Document Design
  • EN 660W Writing Internship
  • EN 691W Selected Seminar in Writing
  • EN 694W Directed Final Project
  • EN 697 Independent Study
Total Hours 27
Program taught in:
English
Last updated December 12, 2018
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