Master of Arts in Professional Writing

Georgia’s Premier Professional Writing Degree

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.

This graduate degree addresses creative writing, screenwriting, scriptwriting, novels, poetry, technical writing, web writing, social media messaging, and much more. Hone your craft as you gain valuable writing and publishing experience and knowledge.

Choose two from three concentrations to align with your career goals:

  • Applied Writing: public service writing, grant & proposal writing, technical writing, feature writing, social media writing, multi-modal editing, web design
  • Composition & Rhetoric: teaching writing, rhetoric studies, workplace writing, multi-modal 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.

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills in writing that can move in many directions during your career; you will become a flexible writer who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting your writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts in today’s print, electronic and multi-modal environments.

Additional resources of particular importance to the program faculty and students are the Kennesaw State University Writing Center, the Kennesaw Mountain National Writing Project, and the Georgia Writers Association.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face, Online or Hybrid

Number of Credit Hours: 36 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall, Spring

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Priority, February 1st
  • Fall Final, June 1st
  • Spring, October 1st
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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for MAPW admission, applicants must submit the following credentials to the KSU Admission Office in addition to the general Graduate Admissions requirements:

  • “Statement of Purpose” addressing their preparation for and goals for the MAPW program and a rationale for the choice of concentration and support areas;
  • One copy of representative writing samples from both the concentration and the support area, not to exceed 25 pages;
  • 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 520 (verbal) 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:
    • 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; 
    • having had entry-level experiences in the professional fields as a writer, editor, script coordinator, writing teacher;
    • 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 Graduate Admission section of this catalog.

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Professional Writing Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Expertise - Your professors are prize-winning authors and credited screenwriters who will share their knowledge and mentor you. You'll also benefit from their research and community connections.

  • Creativity - The small, supportive classes, often 20 students or less, lively foster discussion.

  • Convenience - You can choose to enroll full-time or part-time. Most courses face and meet one night per week, though a few are online or hybrid.

  • Focus - Address your specific interests and career goals as you choose your concentration - Creative Writing, Applied Writing, or Composition and Rhetoric - and your capstone topic and format.

  • Experience - You can apply to be a graduate assistant, receive a tuition waiver and annual stipend, and gain experience in teaching or research.

What can you do with a Professional Writing degree?

With the KSU professional writing degree, you can choose from a range of careers, including:

  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Playwright
  • Communications Coordinator/Manager/Director
  • Podcaster
  • Professor/Academic
  • Editor
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Journalist
  • Columnist
  • Grants Specialist

Professional Writing Salary and Career Information

A career in professional writing offers many paths that can easily align with your current and future goals. Below are just a few jobs achievable with a master’s degree in professional writing from KSU.


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