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The Master of Arts in Professional Writing

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) degree is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing‑related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts. Course work in three concentrations-applied writing, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing-allows students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in various fields of professional writing. As students become experienced in producing and analyzing the business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts in these three concentrations, they develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience. MAPW students will become writing professionals who can move in many directions during their careers; they will become flexible writers who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting their writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts in today’s print and electronic environments.

Additional resources of special importance to the program faculty and students are the Kennesaw State University Writing Center and the Kennesaw Mountain National Writing Project.

General Requirements for Admissions to the MAPW Program

To be considered for MAPW admission, applicants must submit the following credentials to the KSU Admission Office:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  • A minimum total score of 520 (verbal) and a minimum 4.5 (analytic writing) on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have earned an advanced degree.
  • The following items should be submitted to: MAPW Graduate Director, English Department, Mailbox Drop 2701, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591.
  • An application letter that states the applicant’s goals for the MAPW program and a rationale for the choice of concentration and support areas;
  • One copy of representative writing samples from both the concentration and the support area, not to exceed 25 pages;
  • A letter of recommendation is optional.

*International applicants have additional requirements. See Graduate Admission section of this catalog.

Transfer Credit

Up to nine hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. To be transferred, course work from other institutions must correspond to Kennesaw State’s MAPW curriculum. Students will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi wherever possible, and the amount of credit granted will be at the discretion of the program director. A minimum grade of “B” is required for any course transferred. Such course work may be no more than five years old.

Grades

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in every graduate‑level course. They must also achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 before they can advance to candidacy.

Petition to Graduate

MAPW candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of program requirements. Before MAPW students can petition to graduate, they must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. The student should print the form located on the MAPW web site at: www.mapw.hss.kennesaw.edu.

The student must obtain the MAPW graduate director’s signature before submitting the petition to the business office and registrar.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing Degree Program consists of 36 hours of course work. The MAPW Program is organized in three distinct parts:

Core Course - 3 Credit Hours

The core course gives MAPW students the necessary tools to acquire both practical and theoretical knowledge about writing, writers, and graduate-level study skills. Students must complete the core course within their first semester in the MAPW program:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PRWR 6000
    Issues and Research in Professional Writing
    3

Major Concentration and Support Area - 24 Hours Credits

  • The Major Concentration and Support Area (24 hours) allows candidates to concentrate on two areas of interest. In the Major (15 hours), each student selects one concentration from the three offered below and takes five courses from this concentration, and in the Support Area (9 hours), each student also selects one of the remaining two concentrations as the support area. The student must take three courses from this second concentration to satisfy the support area requirement. In addition, the student will take one elective (3 hours)
  • OR
  • Major concentration (15 hours) and two courses from each of the other two concentrations (12 hours) allow students to study all three areas of professional writing offered in the MAPW program.

Applied Writing

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PRWR 6240
    Technical Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6255
    Grant & Proposal Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6260
    Managing Writing in Organizations
    3
  • PRWR 6280
    Business and Technical Editing
    3
  • PRWR 6400
    Writing the Biography
    3
  • PRWR 6410
    Feature Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6440
    Professional and Academic Editing
    3
  • PRWR 6550
    Document Design and Desktop Publishing
    3
  • PRWR 6570
    Writing for Social Media
    3
  • PRWR 6850
    Web Content Development
    3
  • PRWR 6860
    Intercultural Communication in Context
    3
  • PRWR 7550
    Advanced Applied Writing
    3
  • PRWR 7600
    MAPW Practical Internship
    3
  • PRWR 7900
    Special Topics
    3
  • PRWR 7950
    MAPW Directed Study
    3

Composition and Rhetoric

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PRWR 6150
    Context, Style and Audience in Professional Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6300
    Understanding Writing as Process
    3
  • PRWR 6500
    Teaching Writing in High Schools and Colleges
    3
  • PRWR 6650
    Introduction to Literacy Studies
    3
  • PRWR 6750
    Teaching Writing to Speakers of Other Languages
    3
  • PRWR 6760
    World Englishes
    3
  • PRWR 7600
    MAPW Practical Internship
    3
  • PRWR 7800
    Teaching Assistant Practicum
    3
  • PRWR 7900
    Special Topics
    3
  • PRWR 7950
    MAPW Directed Study
    3

Creative Writing

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PRWR 6100
    Readings for Writers
    3
  • PRWR 6455
    The Genres of Creative Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6460
    Fiction Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6470
    Poetry Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6480
    Play Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6490
    Screen and Television Writing
    3
  • PRWR 6520
    Creative Nonfiction
    3
  • PRWR 6800
    Careers in the Literary Arts
    3
  • PRWR 7460
    Advanced Fiction Writing
    3
  • PRWR 7470
    Advanced Poetry Writing
    3
  • PRWR 7480
    Advanced Play Writing
    3
  • PRWR 7490
    Advanced Screen and Television Writing
    3
  • PRWR 7520
    Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing
    3
  • PRWR 7600
    MAPW Practical Internship
    3
  • PRWR 7900
    Special Topics
    3
  • PRWR 7950
    MAPW Directed Study
    3

MAPW Capstone Project - 6 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • The MAPW Capstone project is designated as a thesis, portfolio, or practicum, accompanied by a rationale for its purpose and design that involves electronic and/or print media and is relevant to the student’s concentration in professional writing. After submitting an approved capstone proposal, the candidate works under the direction and advice of two faculty members to produce the project. The candidate must submit the capstone project at least two weeks before either 1) a discussion about the project with the faculty committee, or 2) a public presentation about the project or a reading from the project for an audience of faculty and peers. The candidate will consult with the capstone committee about which option to choose.
  • PRWR 7960
    MAPW Capstone Project
    3

Program Total - 36 Credit Hours