Master of Arts in Writing

General

Program Description

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.

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.

Program Requirements

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

Core Course of Study (3)

Students should take the core course as early as possible in their program, but must complete it 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.

  • EN 602 Introduction to Graduate Studies: Seminar in Writing (3)

Track I: Technical Writing

Core Course of Study (3)

Required Component 15-18 hours

  • EN 534W – Language and Gender (3)
  • EN 545W – Multimodal Writing (3)
  • EN 615W Technical Writing (3)
  • EN 625W – Document Design (3)
  • EN 635W – Publishing Practicum (3)
  • EN 694W – Thesis or Directed Project (3–6)

Elective Component 12-15 hours

  • EN 539 – Technical Editing (3)
  • EN 540W – Grant Writing (3)
  • EN 542 – Survey of Grammar (3)
  • EN 572W – Rhetoric: Argument and Style (3)
  • EN 575W – Literacy, Culture and Writing (3)
  • EN 595W – Selected Topics in Writing (3)
  • EN 609W – Rhetorical Theory and Culture (3)
  • EN 641 – English Linguistics (3)
  • EN 660W – Writing Internship (3)
  • EN 691W – Selected Seminar in Writing (3)
  • EN 697 – Independent Study (3)

Or any UNA Graduate-level class (advisor approval needed)

Total: 36 hours

Track II: Rhetoric and Composition

Core Course of Study 3

Required Component 15-18 hours

  • 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 – Thesis or Directed Project (3–6)

Elective Component 12-15 hours

  • EN 535W Writing Protest and Dissent (3)
  • EN 539 – Technical Editing (3)
  • EN 540W – Grant Writing (3)
  • EN 541 History of the English Language (3)
  • EN 542 – Survey of Grammar (3)
  • EN 566 Sociolinguistics (3)
  • EN 572W – Rhetoric: Argument and Style (3)
  • EN 575W – Literacy, Culture and Writing (3)
  • EN 595W – Selected Topics in Writing (3)
  • EN 625W Document Design (3)
  • EN 635W Publishing Practicum (3)
  • EN 641 English Linguistics (3)
  • EN 645W Creative Writing Seminar (3)
  • EN 660W Writing Internship (3)
  • EN 691W – Selected Seminar in Writing (3)
  • EN 697 – Independent Study (3)

Or any UNA Graduate-level class (advisor approval needed)

Total: 36 hours

Track III: Creative Writing

Core Course of Study 3

Required Component 15-18 hours

  • EN 595W Selected Topics in Writing (3)
  • EN 645W Creative Writing Seminar (3)
  • EN 646W Literary Editing and Publishing (3)
  • EN 555W Adv Cr Writing, Fiction & Drama
  • or EN 556W Adv Cr Writing, Poetry & CNF (3)
  • EN 690 Thesis or Directed Project (3-6)
  • and EN 695 Thesis Defense (0)

Elective Component 12-15 hours

  • EN 534W Language and Gender (3)
  • EN 535W Writing Protest and Dissent (3)
  • EN 542 – Survey of Grammar (3)
  • EN 544W Grant Writing for the Creative Writer (3)
  • EN 564 The Contemporary American Novel (3)
  • EN 565 Contemporary Poetry (3)
  • EN 555W Adv Cr Writing, Fiction & Drama (if not taken for Section II) (3)
  • EN 556W Adv Cr Writing, Poetry & CNF (if not taken for Section II) (3)
  • EN 615W Technical Writing (3)
  • EN 625W Document Design (3)
  • EN 660W Writing Internship (3)
  • EN 691W Selected Seminar in Writing (3)
  • EN 694W Directed Project in Writing (3)
  • EN 697 Independent Study (3)

Or any UNA Graduate-level class (advisor approval needed)

Total: 36 hours

General Requirements for all Graduate Programs

Official transcripts of credit—undergraduate or graduate—from the degree-granting institution. Additional transcript requirements may vary by the graduate program. (Students receiving financial aid may be required to submit official transcripts from each college previously attended, whether or not a degree was granted from that institution.)

Last updated Aug 2020

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