Writing Studies M.A.

The graduate writing studies program combines a traditional literature-based master's degree with a creative writing program by offering a wide variety of courses and providing students with a highly flexible, unique academic experience. At Saint Joseph’s University, writing studies students engage in diverse styles of writing, including short story, poetry, press releases, reflections on teaching writing, plays, adolescent literature, autobiography, biography, personal essays, and grant proposals.

In addition to taking classes in areas of writing and culture, rhetoric and composition, and professional writing, students have the opportunity to gain significant professional work experience through credit-bearing internships. Class sizes are small (fifteen students or less) and include dynamic workshops, allowing students to hone their writing skills. All faculty are practicing writers in the genre they teach, giving students a sampling of professional experience. Additionally, writing studies students publish a student-authored literary magazine, The Avenue, featuring fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Upon completion of the M.A. program, students have found success in careers as editors, publishers and teachers. Saint Joseph’s writing studies students have been widely published in national news outlets such as USA Today, Huffington Post, Italian VOGUE, Ebony Magazine and many more. As graduates of the Writing Studies program, students’ words can impact communication and truly change the world.

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