Admission Requirements for MA in Professional Writing

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program, applicants must submit the following credentials to the KSU Graduate Admissions Office through the online application process.

  • A "Statement of Purpose" addressing their preparation for and goals for the MAPW program. Applicants should be sure to state their proposed areas of concentration and support and a rationale for these choices; they should address in detail their writing experiences, including any publications, writings for business or non-profit venues, dramatic productions, coursework that involved writing and the like; also, they may address any experiences in the professional fields as a writer, editor, script coordinator, writing teacher, or the like. The “Statement” should be between one and two single-spaced pages;
  • A writing sample comprised of some combination of the following items, not to exceed a total of 25 pages. For example, an applicant who plans to concentrate in creative writing with applied writing as a support area might submit creative writing prose and samples of workplace writing.
  • 15 or more pages of creative writing prose, double-spaced (may include excerpts);
  • A digital portfolio (may send links);
  • 10 or more pages of poetry, single spaced (one poem per page);
  • 15 or more pages of appropriately formatted dramatic writing for stage or screen (may include excerpts);
  • 15 or more pages of academic writing or essays, double-spaced (may include excerpts);
  • 15 or more pages of samples of editorial work with an explanatory preface detailing the applicant’s contribution;
  • 15 or more pages of samples of workplace writing or clips from publications; 
  • Have earned or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  • The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional. Applicants who opt to take the test must show a total score of 154 (qualitative) and a minimum 4.5 (analytic writing). Applicants who opt not to take the GRE must show evidence in the "Statement of Purpose" of one of the following:

    o    having substantially published or produced with an established professional or non-profit venue; or having substantially participated in writing a significant document with an established business, non-profit or government agency; or

    o    having had entry-level experiences in the professional fields as a writer, editor, script coordinator, writing teacher, or the like; or

    o    having received a recommendation after either a face to face, telephone or tele-conference interview with a panel of three outside reviewers who are MAPW alumni or MAPW Community Board members or a combination of these selected by the program director:

  • An applicant who has been previously accepted into or completed a graduate program at an accredited college or university (including previous acceptance in the MAPW), as evidenced by official transcripts is exempt from the GRE and the optional requirements.

  • Applicants may submit up to 3 optional letters of recommendation.

International applicants have additional requirements. See International Applicant Requirements.

How to Submit Your Application and Supporting Documents

  • Complete the online Graduate Application for your term and year of interest. Please check that you are using the application for the correct year and term.
  • Submit the nonrefundable $60.00 application processing fee via the online application.
  • Indicate on the electronic form whether or not you want to submit letters of recommendation and supply the email addresses of your recommenders. The system will contact the recommenders. 
  • Submit the Statement of Purpose and the writing samples through the online portal.

Transfer Credit

Up to nine hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. To be transferred, course work from other institutions must correspond to Kennesaw State’s MAPW curriculum. Students will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi wherever possible, and the amount of credit granted will be at the discretion of the program director. A minimum grade of “B” is required for any course transferred. Such course work may be no more than five years old.


Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in every graduate‑level course. They must also achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 before they can advance to candidacy.