English BA / Professional Writing MA

Career and Academic Opportunities

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing degree prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing and the arts. MAPW graduates pursue careers as writers, editors, consultants in corporate and nonprofit fields, public relations specialists, corporate trainers, technical writers, writing instructors in colleges and high schools, writers for magazines, communication managers, marketing directors, media relations directors, journalists and other writing and researched centered occupations.

Also MAPW graduates go on to terminal degree programs at such institutions as Arizona State University, Georgia State University, Miami University-Oxford Ohio, Colorado State University, University of Georgia, Union University, Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Columbus State University. In addition, many are published novelists, poets, non-fiction writers and playwrights.

Sample Academic Plan

Suggested Timeline

Students should apply to this Double Owl Pathway in the second semester of their sophomore year.

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    • Have completed 60 credit hours towards a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minimum 3.00 GPA.
    • Completed at least 18 of those hours in residence at KSU.
    • Submit 1 copy of representative writing samples from one or more generes, not to exceed 25 pages.  Email to Tony Grooms at tgrooms@kennesaw.edu.
  • This Double Owl Pathway offers 3 paired lists of courses from which students select 1 course from each list for a total of 3 courses.

    • Double Owl Scholars will NOT take 3 of the following B. A. in English courses:
      In their place, Double Owl Scholars may select 3 courses from the following M. A. in Professional Writing courses to replace the paired bachelor’s courses:
    • One course from the following group:

      I. Linguistics

      • LING 3045:Grammar of Contemporary American English
      • LING 3050:Sociolinguistics
      • LING 3020:Linguistics and Literature
      • LING 3025:Linguistics for Education
      • LING 3030:Studies in Grammar and Linguistics*
      • LING 3035:Introduction to Language and Linguistics
      • LING 3040:History of the English Language
      • LING 3055:Politics and Language

      One course from the following list:

       

      • PRWR 6860:Intercultural Communication in Context
      • PRWR 6750:Teaching Writing to Speakers of Other Languages
      • PRWR 6760:World Englishes
    • One course from the following group

      II. Writing

      • WRIT 3000:Introduction to Creative Writing Genres
      • WRIT 3100:Poetry Writing
      • WRIT 3109:Careers in Writing
      • WRIT 3110:Playwriting
      • WRIT 3111:Professional Editing
      • WRIT 3120:Fiction Writing
      • WRIT 3130:Literary Nonfiction
      • WRIT 3140:Writing in the Workplace
      • WRIT 3150:Topics in Digital Rhetoric
      • WRIT 3160:Argumentative Writing
      • WRIT 3170:Environmental Writing and Literature

      One course from the following list

       

      • PRWR 6240:Technical Writing
      • PRWR 6255:Grant & Proposal Writing
      • PRWR 6260:Managing Writing in Organizations
      • PRWR 6300:Understanding Writing as Process
      • PRWR - 6400 - Writing the Biography
      • PRWR - 6410 - Feature Writing
      • PRWR - 6440 - Professional and Academic Editing
      • PRWR - 6455 - The Genres of Creative Writing
      • PRWR - 6460 - Fiction Writing I
      • PRWR - 6470 - Poetry Writing I
      • PRWR - 6480 - Playwriting I
      • PRWR - 6520 - Creative Nonfiction Writing I
      • PRWR 6550:Document Design and Desktop Publishing
      • PRWR 6570:Writing for Social Media
      • PRWR 6650:Introduction to Literacy Studies
      • PRWR - 6800 - Careers in Professional Writing
      • PRWR 6850:Web Content Development
      • STVW - 6490 - Screenwriting I
      • STVW - 6495 - TV Writing: Half-Hour
      • STVW - 6496 - TV Writing: One-Hour
    • Upper Division Electives or Related Studies

      One course from the following list

      • PRWR 6240:Technical Writing
      • PRWR 6255:Grant & Proposal Writing
      • PRWR 6260:Managing Writing in Organizations
      • PRWR 6300:Understanding Writing as Process
      • PRWR - 6400 - Writing the Biography
      • PRWR - 6410 - Feature Writing
  • For current admission requirements please click here.

    • Undergraduate Degree
      • Bachelor of Arts in English
    • Department / College
      • English / Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Advising Contact
      • Name
      • @kennesaw.edu
      • 470-578-
      • Building, Room
    • Graduate Degree
      • Master of Arts in Professional Writing
    • Department / College
      • English / Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Advising Contact
      • Name
      • @kennesaw.edu
      • 470-578-
      • Building, Room
  • Complete the online application here to apply.

    The undergraduate and graduate programs will review your academic record.

    You will receive an email to your KSU student email account with the decision.

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