Professional Writing (M.S.)

If you have a passion for writing, a natural curiosity and a desire to apply your creative talents in a professional career, this degree can help you achieve your goal.

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Develop your communication skills and prepare to enter or to advance in occupations requiring extensive written analysis and reporting. The program prepares you to improve written communication and its management in the corporate and public sector and in professional organizations. The program also features workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, taught by published and award-winning authors.

About the Program

Students typically enter the program with liberal arts backgrounds, but business and healthcare professionals often pursue professional training to enhance their writing skills. Faculty members have many years of experience writing and designing information for a range of media and audiences. Some faculty members serve as communications consultants throughout the region, while others are active in research and in national organizations for professionals in business, technical and biomedical communication.

The program’s required internship gives you the opportunity to gain experience in your chosen field. Students have interned with publishing companies, community literacy projects, elementary and secondary schools, television networks, nonprofit organizations and corporations. Graduates work in the fields of publishing and editing, advertising, public relations, technical writing and education.

Choose from Six Tracks

The program provides advanced study in the theory of writing, writing techniques and style, principles and techniques of editing, and the functions of written communication within the professional and occupational setting. The program features six tracks:

  • writing for the public and private sectors
  • technical writing and information design
  • teaching writing
  • journalistic writing
  • scientific writing
  • creative writing

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

View admission and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.


Flexible Scheduling

Course schedules are designed for the working professional. Evening classes, some of them offered in a partly online format, allow students to pursue careers along with the graduate program.

Only Program in Maryland

The graduate program in professional writing is the only program of its kind in Maryland and is one of only six other programs nationwide.

Writing Resources

The university offers a host of resources to help you perfect your writing skills. Check out the Writing Center, the College of Liberal Arts Computer Labs and Online Writing Support for basic grammar skills.

Contact Information

Professional Writing
Michael Downs

Liberal Arts Building,

Room 4210 F (PRWR mailbox)

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.