While completing the Master of Arts in Writing, you will perform guided and independent work both inside and outside the classroom.
The core required courses lay the groundwork for work across the English disciplines (literature, writing, linguistics, theory), while your individual track requirements allow you to pursue your individual interests.
In addition to coursework, you must:
- Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language
- Complete a research component, either a thesis or research paper(s)
- Participate in academic conferences
- Take a comprehensive examination
Students in the Master of Arts in Writing program must submit a writing portfolio.
Core degree requirements
These courses come from a variety of disciplines and provide a solid background for your program.
Due Dates: For students applying for Summer and Fall semester, priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 1; for Spring, by October 1.
Admission to the program is based on the following components and Application Requirements/Deadlines:
- A bachelor's degree with extensive preparation in English (the course work equivalent of an English minor);
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 overall;
- A completed Missouri State University Graduate Application; and
- The following materials must be submitted:
- Personal Statement (a 200- to 250-word description of the reasons and goals behind your interest in English graduate studies);
- At least two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak of the applicant's academic achievements and potential;
- A writing sample (a 10-15 page critical paper in English or portfolio of writing samples);
- Graduate Assistantship application if the prospective student would like to be considered for this award (submitted directly to the English Department).
Applicants will be notified by mail once their application is complete. Students who do not meet 1 and 2, above, but show high promise, may be admitted conditionally. As conditions of admission, they may be required to take extra courses or make up deficiencies (including weaknesses in writing) or they may have other requirements stipulated.
Accelerated Master's requirements - available only for the MA, Writing, Technical and Professional Writing track
- Junior standing, with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher;
- Undergraduate major in Professional Writing;
- A minimum GPA of 3.25 in all Professional Writing courses, and a minimum of 9 hours in Professional Writing with no grade below B in Professional Writing courses;
- Recommendation from two Professional Writing faculty members.
Once accepted, students may take up to 12 credit hours at the 600 level that will apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in Professional Writing. Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit, undergraduate students must be accepted into the accelerated master's program and complete a Mixed Credit Form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed before the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s) to apply to the accelerated degree.
Language Proficiency: The language requirement may be met through a number of options: (a) completion of 12 hours of undergraduate course work in a foreign language with at least a "C" average; (b) completion of a second intermediate college course in a foreign language with a grade of “C” or higher; (c) passing a reading competency test administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages; (d) completion of 3 hours in graduate-level linguistics courses (in addition to any linguistics counted in the track); (e) completion of 6 hours of undergraduate course work in computer languages with at least a "C" average). A student whose native language is not English will be considered to have met the language requirement.
You will need to complete either a thesis or one degree paper.