M.A. in Writing Program Curriculum


The Master of Arts in Writing degree program provides students with a foundation in rhetoric, research, and the evolution of the English language. Students develop expertise in a variety of professional and creative writing genres, and they have the opportunity to study teaching writing. Students can go on to careers in writing, publishing, and education; work as professional writers for magazines, newspapers, and businesses; and pursue a variety of Ph.D. programs of study.

Learning Outcomes

The successful M.A. in Writing graduate is expected to:

  1. Write in multiple genres for diverse audiences using professional-level conventions;
  2. Create texts employing professional-level rhetorical strategies;
  3. Conduct professional-level research;
  4. Produce a master’s thesis of publishable quality.
Curriculum Requirements

Major Requirements (30 credits)

Core Courses (9 credits)
WRIT 5010 Research Methods (3 credits)
WRIT 5200 Grammar and History of the English Language (3 credits)
HUMN 5000 History and Theory of Rhetoric (3 credits)

Elective Courses (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from the following courses:
WRIT 5000 Professional and Public Writing (3 credits)
WRIT 5020 Poetry Writing Workshop (3 credits)
WRIT 5030 Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)
WRIT 5040 Screenwriting Workshop (3 credits)
WRIT 5050 Autobiography and Memoir Workshop (3 credits)
WRIT 5060 Writing Literary Nonfiction (3 credits)
WRIT 5100 Teaching Writing (3 credits)
WRIT 5400 Technical Writing (3 credits)
WRIT 5550 Feature Writing (3 credits)
WRIT 5600 Science & Nature Writing (3 credits)
WRIT 5700 Travel Writing (3 credits)
WRIT 5800 Editing, Layout, and Design (3 credits)

Thesis (6 credits)
WRIT 6000 Master’s Thesis (3 credits, repeatable)

Graduate Course Frequency Table

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.