Career and Academic Opportunities

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing degree prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in film/tv writing as well as other creative, editing, and writing and/or content-creation focused careers.

Bachelor of Science in Media and Entertainment students pursuing a Double Owl with the Norman J Radow College of the Humanities and Social Sciences Master of Arts in Professional Writing will be equipped with more in-depth knowledge and experience to pursue advanced post-graduate studies and career opportunities than those afforded with a solitary BS. This path should be particularly appealing to students wishing to pursue writing in film/television and other streaming venues, as well as web-based content creation. It will also introduce a variety of other possible careers in writing along with the professional tools to fundraise and market in these arenas.

Completion of the Double Owl uniquely positions students to apply for KSU’s MAPW program. Many MAPW graduates pursue terminal degrees at such institutions as Arizona State University, Georgia State University, Miami University-Oxford Ohio, Colorado State University, University of Georgia, Union University, Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Columbus State University.

Salary and Career Information

Student infront of a staircase

Admission Requirements

Double Owl Admission Requirements 
  • GPA: 3.00 or above in KSU undergraduate coursework
  • Minimum 60 hours completed toward Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 18 hours completed at KSU
  • Acceptance as a Media and Entertainment Major.  See for more information.
Double Counted Courses Include
  • Double Owl students may take a maximum of 9 credit hours from the courses listed below.  Those 9 hours will count for 9 hours of Related Studies in the Bachelors degree program.

Choose 3 from this list:

STVW 6490:Screenwriting I
STVW 6495:TV Writing: Half-Hour (must take STVW 6490 first)
STVW 6496:TV Writing: One-Hour (must take STVW 6490 first)
STVW 7490:Screenwriting II (must take STVW 6490 first)
STVW 7496:TV Writers Room (must take STVW 6490 + either STVW 6495 or STVW 6496 first) 
PRWR 6100:Readings for Writers
PRWR 6240:Technical Writing
PRWR 6255:Grant & Proposal Writing
PRWR 6260:Managing Writing in Organizations
PRWR 6280:Business and Technical Editing
PRWR 6300:Understanding Writing as Process
PRWR 6400:Writing the Biography
PRWR 6410:Feature Writing
PRWR 6440:Professional and Academic Editing
PRWR 6455:The Genres of Creative Writing
PRWR 6520:Creative Nonfiction Writing I
PRWR 6550:Document Design and Desktop Publishing
PRWR 6570:Writing for Social Media
PRWR 6800:Careers in Professional Writing
PRWR 6850:Web Content Development
PRWR 6860:Intercultural Communication in Context
PRWR 7520:Creative Nonfiction Writing II (must take PRWR 6520 first)
PRWR 7550:Advanced Applied Writing (must take PRWR 6260 first)
PRWR 7810:Research Methods for Writers

Graduate Admission Requirements

Suggested Timeline

Students will need to be accepted into the Coles College undergraduate program in Entrepreneurship before they can apply to this Double Owl Pathway.

Sample Academic Plan Apply
Clock that shows 3:00PM

Contact Information

Undergraduate Information

Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science in Media and Entertainment

Department / College
School of Communications and Media / Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Willingham Hall, Suite 202

Advising Contact
Undergraduate Advising Center

Graduate Information

Graduate Degree
Master of Arts in Professional Writing

Department / College
English / Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences
English Building, Room 155D

Advising Contact
Aaron Levy, Graduate Program Director