Master of Arts in Professional Writing

To earn an MA in Professional Writing degree, students complete at least 36 hours of course work. Students enroll in the following:

  • The Writing Core (3 hrs) - PRWR 6000: Issues and Research in Professional Writing
    • Students must complete this core course in their first semester in the MAPW program.
  • The Concentration (15 hrs) - All students concentrate in one of the three genres of writing. To graduate, students must successfully complete 5 courses (15 hrs) in their concentration.
    • Applied Writing
    • Composition/Rhetoric
    • Creative Writing
  • The Support Area (9 hrs) - All students select one of the remaining genres as the support area.  To graduate, students must successfully complete 3 courses (9 hrs)
  • The Elective (3 hrs) - In addition to the above requirements, students take an elective, a single course (3 hrs) from any of the MAPW courses of their choice.
  • The Capstone (6 hrs minimum) - After completing a minimum of 27 hours, students may enroll in capstone (i.e., thesis) hours, which allows students to explore more fully an area of interest by producing a thesis or other substantial project.
  • To graduate, students must complete at least 6 hours, but some may need to enroll in more hours, and complete their capstone work successfully.

Classes are only held in the evening, Monday through Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm.


  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended.  Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Letter of Application (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Should address your preparation for and goals for the MAPW program and a rationale for the choice of concentration and support areas. 
  • Writing Sample (Can be uploaded into the online application) - One copy of representative writing samples from both the concentration and the support areas, not to exceed 25 pages.
  • Resume (Can be uploaded into the online application)
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional) - Strongly recommended by department and must be from either a undergraduate or graduate faculty member. Applicants may submit up to 3 optional letters. 


This program accepts applications in Fall and Spring

  • Term
  • Fall Priority Deadline
    February 1
  • Fall Final Deadline
    June 1
  • Spring
    October 1


Program Director: Dr. Tony Grooms
Program Office:  470-578-3335;
Program Website:\