Career and Academic Opportunities

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing degree prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing and the arts. MAPW graduates pursue careers as writers, editors, consultants in corporate and nonprofit fields, public relations specialists, corporate trainers, technical writers, writing instructors in colleges and high schools, writers for magazines, communication managers, marketing directors, media relations directors, journalists and other writing and researched centered occupations.

Also MAPW graduates go on to terminal degree programs 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. In addition, many are published novelists, poets, non-fiction writers and playwrights.


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Admission Requirements


Double Owl Admission Requirements 
  • Have completed 60 credit hours towards a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minimum 3.00 GPA.
  • Completed at least 18 of those hours in residence at KSU.
  • Submit 1 copy of representative writing samples from one or more genres, not to exceed 25 pages. Email to Aaron Levy at alevy2@kennesaw.edu.
  • Double Counted Courses Include

    This Double Owl Pathway offers 3 paired lists of courses from which students select 1 course from each list for a total of 3 courses.

    Double Owl Scholars will NOT take 3 of the following B. A. in English courses:

    One course from the following group:

    • I. Linguistics
    • LING 3045:
    • Grammar of Contemporary American English
    • LING 3050: Sociolinguistics
    • LING 3020: Linguistics and Literature
    • LING 3025: Linguistics for Education
    • LING 3030: Studies in Grammar and Linguistics*
    • LING 3035: Introduction to Language and Linguistics
    • LING 3040: History of the English Language
    • LING 3055: Politics and Language

    One course from the following group

    • II. Writing WRIT 3000: Introduction to Creative Writing Genres
    • WRIT 3100: Poetry Writing
    • WRIT 3109: Careers in Writing
      WRIT
    • 3110:Playwriting
      WRIT
    • 3111: Professional Editing
    • WRIT 3120: Fiction Writing
    • WRIT 3130: Literary Nonfiction
    • WRIT 3140: Writing in the Workplace
    • WRIT 3150: Topics in Digital Rhetoric
    • WRIT 3160: Argumentative Writing
    • WRIT 3170: Environmental Writing and Literature

    In their place, Double Owl Scholars may select 3 courses from the following M. A. in Professional Writing courses to replace the paired bachelor’s courses:

    One course from the following list:

    • PRWR 6860: Intercultural Communication in Context
    • PRWR 6750: Teaching Writing to Speakers of Other Languages
    • PRWR 6760: World Englishes

    One course from the following list

    • PRWR 6240: Technical Writing
    • PRWR 6255: Grant & Proposal Writing
    • PRWR 6260: Managing Writing in Organizations
    • 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 6460: Fiction Writing I
    • PRWR 6470: Poetry Writing I
    • PRWR 6480: Playwriting I
    • PRWR 6520: Creative Nonfiction Writing I
    • PRWR 6550: Document Design and Desktop Publishing
    • PRWR 6570: Writing for Social Media
    • PRWR 6650: Introduction to Literacy Studies
    • PRWR 6800: Careers in Professional Writing
    • PRWR 6850: Web Content Development
    • STVW 6490: Screenwriting I
    • STVW 6495: TV Writing: Half-Hour
    • STVW 6496: TV Writing: One-Hour

    One course from the following list

    • PRWR 6240: Technical Writing
      PRWR 6255: Grant & Proposal Writing
    • PRWR 6260: Managing Writing in Organizations
    • PRWR 6300: Understanding Writing as Process
    • PRWR 6400: Writing the Biography
      PRWR 6410: Feature Writing
Graduate Admission Requirements

Suggested Timeline

Students should apply to this Double Owl Pathway in the second semester of their sophomore year.

Sample Academic Plan Apply
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Contact Information

Undergraduate Information

Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Arts in English

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

Advising Contact
Lara Smith-Sitton, Program Director
lsmith11@kennesaw.edu
470-578-3943

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
alevy2@kennesaw.edu
470-578-6132