Master of Arts in Professional Writing Course of Study

The MA in Professional Writing will prepare you for a writing career in television, film, education, publishing, business and the literary arts. When you apply, you will select your  concentration and support areas from these three genres:

  • Applied Writing
  • Composition/Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing

As you near the end of your program, you will complete a capstone (i.e., thesis or major project). Your selected genre and capstone topic and format allow you to target your coursework to meet your specific professional and creative goals.

For more information on specific classes, see the Master of Arts in Professional Writing course offerings in the KSU Graduate Catalog. 

Double Owl Pathway

The Double Owl Pathway is an advising pathway for high potential KSU undergraduate students who want to accelerate their attainment of a master’s degree at KSU.

Students following a Double Owl Pathway take nine hours of graduate coursework at the undergraduate tuition rate. Students must apply to the Graduate College to complete their graduate work.

Students who wish to learn more about the Double Owl Pathway, click here.

Certificate Programs in Professional Writing

Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing (CWC)

A four-course non-degree program, the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing will give you instruction and intensive creative writing practice, but it does not require entry into a graduate program. You will choose ONE of the following genres as your concentration:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Screen/TV 
  • Playwriting
  • Creative Nonfiction

Your classes will include the beginning and advanced workshops in your concentration genre. Certificate students take the same courses as degree-seeking students.

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Graduate Certificate in Publishing, Editing and Publication (PEP)

A unique four-course, non-degree program, the Graduate Certificate in Publishing, Editing and Publication prepares students for entry into the competitive industry of professional editing and publishing through a combination of academic study and hands-on experience. Through this certificate, students will be prepared for positions such as copy editors, developmental editors, editorial assistants, managing editors, and freelance editors, as well as related careers in marketing, sales, and design within the publication industry.

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Graduate Certificate in Writing for International Audiences (WIA)

A four-course, non-degree program, the Graduate Certificate in Writing for International Audiences is designed for professionals who write for, or work with, an international population. Given the ease of global communication (especially due to the Internet), the increasing dependence on English as an international link language, the expansion of corporate interests worldwide, and the rapid growth of international residents in metro Atlanta, this certificate fulfills a vital communicative need in a variety of professional settings.

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