Master of Arts in Writing

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Writing is an innovative, interdisciplinary degree that integrates the scholarship on composition and new media with the practice of creative, journalistic, academic, and electronic writing. The MA provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in writing studies through four core courses and offers several areas in which students may develop their personal and professional goals, including composition studies, new media and creative writing/journalism. A Master's Project is a requirement of the program.

The M.A. in Writing prepares students for teaching writing at the post-secondary level, for career advancement in journalism, and for advanced study in M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs. Our students go on to publish their work in creative and academic venues, to work as writers in professional and educational settings, and to teach in K–12 schools and community colleges. Rowan University, M.A. in Writing faculty are writers, teacher-scholars, and active professionals with a strong commitment to graduate education and to helping students to develop into successful, confident writers.


Program Code: MA-WRITNG / Major Code: G608

  • Total semester hours required graduate work for program completion: 30 Semester Hours (s.h.)
  • Thesis Requirement: Yes

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 30)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Required Courses: 12 s.h.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
MAWR 01554 Core I: Theories and Techniques for Writers 3
MAWR 01559 Core II: Research Methods for Writers 3
MAWR 01561 Seminar I 3
MAWR 01571 Seminar II 3

Elective Courses: 18 s.h.
Four MAWR courses in the specialized area:

  • Composition Studies, Creative Writing/Journalism or New Media (12 s.h.)
  • Two elective courses at the graduate level (6 s.h.)

Admission Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Provide details about the kind of writing you see yourself doing in your professional life or how you might use this program to advance your teaching career. Educational goals beyond the master’s level, if applicable, are also relevant. Try to place your objectives within a context that includes your past experience. Especially given that this is a writing program, use the statement as an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, a letter from the recommender
      is preferred.
  • Recommended undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Writing sample: 8–10 pages
    • Submission can be previous academic papers, previously published articles, short stories, collections of poems, or a selection of pieces from multiple genres that showcase writing abilities.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 01/20/2015 12/01/2014
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 08/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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