Admission & Financial Information

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.
  4. A 3.3 GPA in 18 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in English or a related discipline.

Students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semester. The deadline for the spring semester is November 15. Students interested in beginning the program in the fall semester should know that to ensure full consideration for a fall graduate assistantship, we strongly encourage you to complete your application by January 31. However, we will accept fall applications on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer.

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 a composition course. Other graduate assistants assist faculty with teaching and research, tutor students in The Writing Center, or work in the on-campus Athenaeum Press or work in other professional writing capacities in departments across campus. These positions not only offer students an opportunity to gain professional academic experience but also pay in excess of the full cost of tuition. 

For more information on Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships, please see this page