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M.A. in Writing

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Our M.A. in Writing encourages you to explore the principals of craft and the practices of writing. As a graduate student, you have the opportunity to focus on a central area of interest or create a diverse course of study that explores the intersections between creative writing, professional writing, new media, journalism, writing studies, and writing pedagogy.

Our program appeals to many creative professionals, such as:

  • Creative writers interested in writing and publishing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, or other genres
  • Educators who currently teach K-12 or who wish to teach writing on the college level
  • Professionals who write regularly at work or who aspire to writing-related careers
  • Students who wish to prepare for advanced graduate work leading to the M.F.A. or Ph.D.

Those admitted to the M.A. in Writing may apply to the Teaching Experience Program (TEP). The TEP allows graduate students to teach college composition as a paid adjunct instructor while in the Rowan University M.A. in Writing program. For more information regarding TEP selection criteria and eligibility visit the Writing Department website.


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The M.A. in Writing program consists of 10 courses and a total of 30 graduate semester hours (s.h.). Completion of the M.A. in Writing is possible in four consecutive semesters.

The following courses make up the M.A. in Writing program.

  • 10 Courses / 30 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
MAWR 01554 Core I: Theories and Techniques for Writers 3
MAWR 01559 Core II: Research Methods for Writers 3
MAWR 01561 Seminar I 3
MAWR 01571 Seminar II 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Essay:

    • Topic: Describe the kind of writing you see yourself doing in your professional life, or how you might use this program to advance your teaching career. Educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant. Try to place your objectives within a context that includes your past experience. Especially given that this is a writing program, use the statement as an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recommended minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Writing sample: 8-10 pages

    • Submission can be previous academic papers, previously published articles, short stories, collections of poems, or a selection of pieces from multiple genres that showcase writing abilities.
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Career Outlook

Professionals who complete the M.A. in Writing have the opportunity to expand their career path in a variety of creative industries. This includes a broad range of options: creative writing, editing and publishing, integrated marketing communications, new media and more.


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