Requirements for the MA in Writing

Requirements for the MA in Writing

Requirements for the MA in Writing

Required Courses

Students completing the 30 credit-hour Master of Arts Writing program will have four required courses (totaling 12 credit-hours)

• The Core I and Core II sequence helps students to develop their writerly and professional identities by exploring the writing and research strategies that inform all writing
• In Seminar I and Seminar II, students develop a major creative, scholarly, or professional project within a genre of their choosing. Along with the support provided by the course instructors, all student receive individualized attention by a faculty mentor.

Electives
To complete the remaining 18 credit hours, students may create a program of study that allows them to focus on specific genres or to create a mix of courses that benefits them individually. These courses include:

• Creative writing courses using the workshop method, including our Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry Workshops
• Courses emphasizing the pedagogy of writing, including Issues in Composition Studies, Perspectives on Writing Assessment, and Practicum (for students in the Teaching Experience Program)
• Genre-based courses in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Memoir, Novel, and Graphic Novel
• Courses with professional applications including Business Writing , Business Writing, Writing for Electronic Communities, and other new media courses
• Courses exploring both old and new media, including Screenwriting, Editing and Publishing the Literary Journal, Graphic Novel, and Visual Rhetoric

Although the program is set up for completion in as little as two years, students may extend the program to fit their schedules (including, in the case of K-12 teachers, their tuition-credit schedule). Up to 6 hours may be taken outside the MA in Writing and may include graduate level courses taken previously at Rowan. Up to six hours of transfer credit may also be applied. (Please note, however, that formal applications to apply transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis.

Application process: Applications to the Master of Arts in Writing are administered by Global Learning and Partnerships.