Program Director: Dr. Tony Grooms

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) will prepare you for a writing career in television, film, education, publishing, business and the literary arts. Since the graduate program’s founding in 1995, its students and alumni have found success in numerous writing-intensive fields.

What is a Professional Writing Degree?

KSU’s Master of Arts in Professional Writing is a broad-based, interdisciplinary graduate program which offers instruction in:

  • Applied Writing: public service writing, grant & proposal writing, technical writing, feature writing, social media writing, multimodal editing, web design
  • Composition & Rhetoric: teaching writing, rhetoric studies, work-place writing, multimodal writing, computers & writing
  • Creative Writing: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and TV & screenwriting

By selecting your concentration and support areas and your capstone topic and format, you can target your classes, writings and projects to address your professional and creative goals. As you become experienced in producing and analyzing business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts, you’ll develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience. You’ll become a writing professional who can move in many directions during your career; you’ll become a flexible writer who can tune into the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting your writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts in today's print, electronic and multimodal environments.

If you are a community writer who does not wish to seek a full graduate degree, you may wish to study in our Creative Writing Certificate Program. If you are a KSU undergraduate, you might want to gain graduate level credit through our Accelerated Bachelor's Master’s Degree Option.


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Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones