M.A. Program

Our Master's program offers the latest instruction in professional writing and technical communication to prepare students for careers in either industry or to propel them into their doctoral studies. Whether you're returning to school to learn essential skills to market yourself better in industry or working towards taking the next step in your academic career, we have the instructors, tools, courses, and contacts to get you there.

Meet Our M.A. Students

Get to know some of our Master's students and see how their academic and professional interests match up with yours.


Our M.A. program requires course work, a Master's project, and an oral exam. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years of initial enrollment. The project must be completed and the exam taken within one year after completing 27 credits.

  • 6 credits in core courses in Theory and Research:
    • Professional Writing Theory (ENG 712)
    • Professional Writing Research (ENG 705)
    • Qualitative Research (ENG 713)
  • 3 credits in an 800-Seminar in Professional Writing or a related topic area approved by the advisor.
    • English 855, Seminar in Theories of Business and Technical Writing is especially recommended.
  • 12 credits in Professional Writing Practice or Pedagogy at the 700-level or 400- level with the approval of a Plan G faculty advisor.
    • In this category, students can take no more than 6 credits of any combination of 400-level U/G courses and interdisciplinary courses.
  • 6 credits in an internship, 700- and/or 800-level electives in professional writing that could lead to a final project
    • Students should consult with their advisor about which option would best suit their background and career goals; in general, students with little workplace experience will take the internship and those with substantial workplace experience will take a 700-level elective.
  • 3 credits of masters project research

Final Project

A research paper or other special project that will grow out of and significantly extend some aspect of the student's professional writing studies and will be appropriate to the student's professional goals.

Visit our Courses page to help plan out which courses you may want to take to meet your degree requirement.

If you have any further questions about these requirements, or other questions related to the program, contact Graduate Coordinator of the Professional Writing Program Dr. Rachel Spilka.


  • For the MA Program: Students will need a minimum of 27 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, plus a 3-credit master's project.
  • Each student's program of study must be approved by a faculty advisor, the Plan G Coordinator, and the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies