Admission & Financial Information - Coastal Carolina University
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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the M.A. in Writing program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution and meet or exceed the following criteria:

  1. A completed application for graduate study at the University and an official transcript from each school or college previously attended.
  2. At least two letters of recommendation.
  3. An “acceptable” rating awarded by the graduate committee to a 20-page writing sample.

In addition, applicants must have one of the following two credentials:

  1. A 3.3 GPA in 18 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in English or a related discipline.
  2. A 153 in the verbal reasoning portion of the GRE or a 4.0 in the Analytical Writing Test. Applicants who choose to have GRE scores considered with their applications are responsible for making sure official GRE scores are sent to the Office of Graduate Studies at Coastal Carolina University. Test scores must be no older than 5 years at time of application. The GRE exam requirement has been waived for Fall 2020 applications.

The final deadline for admission to the program for the Fall semester is May 1. The final deadline for Spring semester is November 1.

All applications must be accompanied by a $45 nonrefundable fee. Applications must first be processed by the Office of Graduate Studies before they can be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the English Department.

In addition to a completed application, applicants must also submit:

  1.  A 20-page writing sample 
  2.  Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended 
  3.  Two letters of recommendation.
  4.  A two-page statement of interest.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships are available to MAW students in the fields of teaching, research and marketing. 


Financial Aid

Graduate students who are fully admitted and degree-seeking may be eligible to receive funds from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and list Coastal Carolina University's Federal School Code (003451). Students should be sure to pay attention to the year for which the FAFSA must be completed, as there are time periods that two different academic year FAFSA forms are available simultaneously online.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Coastal Carolina University
Baxley Hall 219
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054
800-277-7000, extension 2313 or 843-349-2313

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistants take coursework in pedagogical theory, attend workshops and work one-on-one with experienced composition faculty members in co-teaching composition courses. Other graduate assistants conduct individualized research with faculty members, work in the on-campus Athenaeum Press or work in other professional writing capacities in departments across campus. These positions significantly lower tuition, pay a stipend, and offer students an opportunity to gain professional academic experience.  

Please fill out this form and return it either by mail, email, or fax to be considered for an assistantship:

Graduate Studies
Coastal Carolina University
Baxley Hall 223
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054
843-349-6444 (fax)