Program Description

About the Program

Writing is a skill needed in almost every career and a passion for many people. At Kean, our 30-credit master’s degree in English Writing Studies is tailored toward students who want to improve their writing skills to further their careers and those who want a greater understanding of the art and theory behind good writing to follow their own passions. It offers both a rigorous overview of writing scholarship and flexible, programmatic choices that support students in following their professional, practical and creative aspirations.

Our program provides teachers with new strategies for teaching writing at all levels, along with coursework in writing for the workplace, grant writing and technical editing that are useful for the job market. In addition, there is emphasis placed on new media composition and creativity in several courses.

Kean’s writing graduates work in a variety of industries, teaching in classrooms around the region, and writing literature and other works for a wide variety of audiences.

What You Learn

You gain an understanding of both writing theory and pedagogy through a variety of coursework.

  • Take classes in writing poetry, nonfiction and children’s literature
  • Understand research methods and theory
  • Compose and create in new media environments
  • Explore the role of race and ethnicity in writing and education
  • Grow a professional learning network for writing and the digital humanities
  • Participate in specialized writers workshops

With advisement, you can register for up to six credits in electives outside of the department and pursue a thesis on a topic that interests you.

What You Can Do With An M.A. in Writing Studies

This degree affords you many career opportunities such as:

  • Copywriter
  • Editor/managing editor
  • Author
  • Magazine/newspaper journalist
  • Publisher
  • Writing Teacher
  • Digital Media Specialist or Coordinator
  • Writing Center Coordinator

Guidesheet to Courses in MA in ENG-Writing Studies Program