The mission of the Master of Arts in Writing program is to make individuals more proficient writers in order to meet challenges in areas of professional writing, creative writing and writing instruction. Graduate students in the Master of Arts in Writing program learn to make sophisticated judgments regarding content, tone, style and diction of various forms of professional and creative writing; utilize technology for presentations, web pages, visual media and print documents; and learn professional procedures to prepare and submit manuscripts for publication.
The M.A. in Writing degree addresses three related areas of need: professional writing, creative writing and composition. While all three areas can be viewed as distinct disciplines, this degree will link them by emphasizing some central principles of effective writing while allowing for intensive exploration of particular subfields of writing. This program is specifically relevant for teachers, aspiring creative writers, and professional writers and researchers who want to gain or enhance their professional and/or creative writing credentials.
Program Goals and Student Learning Objectives
Goal 1 – Graduates will be able to demonstrate a mastery of advanced skills in professional and technical writing, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and/or digital composition.
1.1 Demonstrate the ability to make sophisticated authorial choices regarding clarity, style, diction, and form.
1.2 Explain theories and practices in professional and technical writing, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and/or digital composition.
1.3 Demonstrate the ability to conduct and synthesize research.
1.4 Demonstrate the ability to critique and analyze their own writing.
Goal 2 - Graduates will be able to demonstrate that they are prepared to transfer and apply the enhanced writing skills they gained within the program to various creative, professional, and academic settings outside the program.
2.1 Demonstrate the ability to apply the skills they developed while in the MAW program in order to engage in various professional career options, pursue further graduate study, and/or sustain creative projects.
2.2 Demonstrate the ability to adhere professional procedures for preparing and submitting their written work for publication in creative, academic, technical, and/or corporate venues.
Applications for graduate study should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Coastal Carolina University.
For admission to the Graduate Program, the applicant must meet or exceed the following criteria:
- A completed application for graduate study at the University and an official transcript from each school or college previously attended.
- At least two (2) letters of recommendation.
- An “acceptable” rating awarded by the graduate committee to a 20-page writing sample.
- A two-page statement of interest
In addition, applicants must have one of the following two credentials:
- A 3.3 GPA in 18 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in English or related discipline.
- A 153 in the verbal reasoning portion of the GRE or a 4.0 in the Analytical Writing Test. (Test scores must be no older than 5 years at time of application.)
The Master of Arts in Writing requires:
- Successful completion of an approved program of study with a minimum of 33 graduate hours;
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) on all course work;
- Completion of MASTER’S PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP, ENGL 699 ; and
- Completion of all requirements for the degree during a six-year period.
With approval from the Graduate Director, a maximum of six (6) transfer credit hours may be applied to a student’s program of study. All transfer credit course work must have be completed with a minimum grade of B.