Master of Arts in Writing

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 program at UNA has allowed me the flexibility to combine my love for creative writing with my technical writing skills. I have grown as a writer and as a researcher because of this program, and I now have the confidence to compete in my field.

Shelby Howard
M.A. in Writing

Application Deadlines:
  • Applications for admission to the program for fall semester:
    • Deadline for early applications, scholarships, and Graduate Assistantships for fall is February 1
    • Deadline for late applications for fall is July 1
  • Applications for admission to the program for spring semester:
    • Deadline for all spring applications is Nov. 1
  • Applications for admission to the program for summer semester:
    • Deadline for all summer applications is April 1
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, fill out the form on this page or contact Program Coordinator Dr. Tammy Winner.

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.

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