Online Master’s Degrees in Writing

An online master’s degree in writing may teach students how master the art of communication through the use of the written word. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to refine their writing skills in order to write more thoughtfully, clearly, and powerfully. Program coursework may include specialized writing electives alongside core classes including studies in places and settings, American modernism, and literary theory.

Upon graduation, students may either seek employment or pursue a doctoral degree in writing or related field. Master’s-level graduates may seek employment in editing, publishing, scriptwriting, public relations, and journalism.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 6% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level writing degree programs may include a set of core classes alongside specialized courses in the student’s chosen genre of writing. These classes may teach students how to master writing elements such as voice, characterization, structure, and symbolism. Possible writing courses may include the following:

  • American Modernism
  • Nonfiction Fundamentals
  • Studies in Place and Setting
  • Contemporary Writers and Publishing
  • Fiction Fundamentals
  • Graduate Studies in English Language
  • Literary Theory

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may gain employment opportunities in journalism, copywriting, publishing, screenwriting, and communications. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for writers and authors are projected to increase by 6% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • News Director

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree program in writing may have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in writing may prepare students for a career teaching at the post-secondary level.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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