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Professional Writing & Communication MA

Professional Writing & Communication (MA)

UMass Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Professional Writing & Communication program meets a growing demand for professional and technical communicators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in professional and technical writing are growing faster than average. 

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Our students take classes that prepare them to meet that demand by learning how to communicate ideas and information across a range of media. 

  • web authoring
  • document design
  • social media writing
  • rhetorical theory
  • usability
  • stylistics

We award a limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition credit to qualified graduate students each year. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change. 

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Alumna joins Akamai Technologies

MA in professional writing leads to dream job

After graduation

Our students have found full-time positions at companies and organizations such as Akamai Technologies, Brown Medical School, Goodwill Industries, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Raytheon. They're employed in positions such as:

  • Communications Consultant
  • Technical Writer
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Document and Web Designer
  • Content Strategist
  • Public Outreach Specialist
  • Writer/Editor/Internet Systems Developer
  • 33 total credits 
  • Master's thesis 
  • internship
  • 9 credits per semester for full-time status

Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements

In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
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Apply and submit all required application materials to the Graduate Studies Office.

  • Statement of purpose: 300 - 600 words. Indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist in assistantship decisions.
  • Official transcripts: from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not). Transcripts should show class rank if available.
  • Writing sample: academic or professional work that demonstrates readiness for graduate work (10-15 pages).
  • 3 letters of recommendation: from persons in the field of your academic major at the institution most recently attended or from supervisors familiar with your recent job performance.
  • Resume.

International students: official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from ETS or testing agency; copies/scans not accepted. Required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country. Scores on the TOEFL should be 80 IBT minimum for admission and 100 IBT minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship. Scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be 6.5 minimum for admission and 7.0 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

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Course Catalog

See course schedules and requirements.

Contact

Karen Gulbrandsen

Associate Professor
English & Communication
Liberal Arts 338

508-910-6932
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