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M.A. in Writing Course of Study

The Master of Arts in Writing degree requires 33 graduate credit hours, including the successful defense of a thesis. The curriculum consists of six credits in core courses, nine credits in workshops, six credits in literature or linguistics courses, nine elective credits, and three credits in ENG 698: Thesis Research. All graduate writing courses are worth three credits.


Students must take at least two of the three core courses:

  • ENGL 602: Principles of Editing and Publishing
  • ENGL 603: Special Topics in Forms of Creative Writing
  • ENGL 604: Composition and Rhetoric


Students must take at least three of the following workshop courses:

  • ENGL 652: Graduate Writing Workshop–Fiction
  • ENGL 655: Graduate Writing Workshop–Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 658: Graduate Writing Workshop–Poetry
  • ENGL 681: Workshop in Professional and Technical Writing
  • ENGL 682: Workshop in Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 683: Writing and Editing Internship


Students must take at least two of the following literature courses:

  • ENGL 628: Topics in British Literature
  • ENGL 635: Topics in American Literature
  • ENGL 691: Topics in World Literature
  • ENGL 653: Topics in Linguistics

ELECTIVES (9 credits)

Students are expected to complete additional seminars in literature/linguistics or writing workshops, but students with special permission may take courses in other areas (science, business, education for example) depending on their professional interests.

MASTER’S THESIS (3-6 credits)

  • ENGL 698: Thesis Research