Master in Professional Writing

Three girls reading a textbookIn the Professional Writing Program, you will join a writing community where you engage in extensive writing and editing practices while receiving a solid background in rhetoric and communications.

Our goal is to prepare you for the realities and challenges of a career in professional writing. You'll gain the skills you need to advance in your current position or explore new professional opportunities. 

Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and are in every phase of their careers.

You can choose to enter the program as a full- or part-time student. Full-time students are eligible for consideration for a limited number of graduate fellowships or graduate assistantships.

Areas of Focus

  • Technical/Business Communication
  • Journalism
  • Web Authoring
  • Document Design
  • Public Relations
  • Writing Pedagogy
  • Grant Writing

Master in Professional Writing Degree Requirements

The MPW degree requires 33 total credits for completion, including: 

  • ENL 501 Rhetorical Theory
  • ENL 510 Thesis Research
  • ENL 505 Stylistics
  • ENL 620 Usability Studies
  • ENL 621 Document Design
  • ENL 623 Web Authoring
  • ENL 700 Internship
  • ENL 750 Thesis
  • Three ENL electives


You are required to complete one internship; you may complete a maximum of two. Your internship gives you the chance to apply classroom work, gain experience, network in your professional field, and earn credits while working in a professional setting. Areas of opportunity for internships include but are not limited to:

  • Technical Writing
  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing
  • Web Authoring
  • Professional Writing

Application Requirements

Students with at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning may submit an application. You will need to:

  • Send an official transcript(s) from colleges or universities
  • Write a three-page statement about your writing and professional background and goals
  • Complete a graduate application

UMassD Students: If you have earned your undergraduate English degree at UMass Dartmouth, you may waive the GRE or MAT.