M.A. in Professional Writing

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.


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • February 1 (Priority)
  • June 1 (Final)

Spring Semester

  • October 1

*Note:  As you consider our program that course modality is predominantly face-to-face for fall and spring semesters with limited online course offerings. Summer semester courses are online with limited face-to-face offerings.

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Why is KSU’s MAPW the Best Writing Program in Georgia? Why is KSU the Best College for Writers?

  • Your professors are published authors and credited screen writers, who will share their expertise and mentor you. You’ll also benefit from their innovative research and professional connections.

  • Most MAPW students are 25-35 years old and work full-time. The small classes, 20 students or less, and supportive atmosphere foster creativity and lively discussion. Author's readings, guest lectures, events, conferences, and internships complement course content.

  • You can choose to enroll full-time or part-time. Most classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday. Most courses are face to face, though a few are online or hybrid. Expect to spend 10-20 hours a week on assignments. Most students complete the program in 2-3 years.

  • If your goals include teaching or research, you can apply to be a Graduate Assistant and receive a tuition waiver and annual stipend. February 1 is the priority application deadline for those interested in Graduate Assistantships.

  • KSU’s professional writing program costs are lower than many of its competitors.  Be sure to explore tuition reimbursement, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, including a graduate assistantship.

  • Since 1995, Atlanta writers, as well as writers from across the state, region, and beyond, have come to this master’s program for instruction, camaraderie and encouragement, and they have found success, both as students and alumni.  The program has added courses to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of communications.

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