The M.A. in English, with Emphasis in Professional Writing, reflects the expertise of our faculty and the career ambitions of our students, who are either already working in, or desire to work in, professional positions that involve writing and documentation, in business, industry, and government.
The Professional Writing Emphasis focuses on students mastering procedures and techniques to create and publish reader-driven writing typical of the workplace, such as proposals, specifications, procedures, reports, formal correspondence, and white papers. With this degree and the skills acquired in getting it, our graduates are well prepared to succeed in securing high-paying jobs in a variety of corporate and government settings.
If you are looking for a career in writing and editing in business, industry, or government, this is the degree for you. Students completing this program will develop skills in high demand sorts of writing, such as grants and proposals, reports, procedures, policy statements, and many other types of workplace writing. Students completing this program will be able to enter the workforce as writers, editors, and/or team members, working closely with engineers, scientists, healthcare professionals, and finance experts to create professional documents.
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
In addition to University Requirements:
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This all-online degree is for you if you are looking for a career in writing and editing in:
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing the MA in English with emphasis in Professional Writing will have mastered the following bodies of knowledge and related skills.
The rhetorical demands inherent in business, industry, and government settings.
Individual program admission requirements include:
Take the following 36 units:
Select one of the following courses (3 units):
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.