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Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing

MA in Professional and Technical Writing

Because writing is a cross-curricular study, we welcome applicants from any academic discipline or profession who have the aptitude and interest necessary for success in a graduate program in nonfiction writing, editing, and technical writing. The pages in this site explain what a Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) can do for you, help you understand the PTW curriculum, and help you complete the application process. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at the address and phone numbers below.

Would you like to try a few courses before completing a full program application?  Consider applying as a non-degree-seeking graduate student. If you try some summer or fall courses and enjoy them, you can then apply for full admission in a later semester.

Application Deadlines for Spring 2014:  The Graduate Committee reads applications 3-4 times each semester and once in the summer.  If you would like to begin taking courses in our program in January 2014, please submit your application materials by one of the following deadlines:

September 20 to be voted on during the October 4 Graduate Committee meeting.

October 18 to be voted on during the November 1 Graduate Committee meeting.  It is very much to your advantage to submit your application materials on or before this date. If you are accepted by November 1, you can then be advised and register for courses at the same time as all the other students in our program. This gives you a better shot at finding openings in the classes you want for the coming semester, especially if you plan to take online courses.

November 29 to be voted on during the December 13 Graduate Committee meeting.  This is the last chance to be admitted for the Spring 2014 semester.

Our deadlines for Summer and Fall 2014 will be February 21, March 21, April 18 (last chance to apply for summer), and July 7 (last chance to apply for fall).

You will be notified of our decision within two weeks of the meeting date.

If you have questions about the program, the application requirements, or the status of your application, please contact

Dr. Karen M. Kuralt, Graduate Coordinator —, (501) 569-8334 or

Tara Walls, Assistant Graduate Coordinator —, (501) 683-7062

Department of Rhetoric and Writing
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 569-3160
Fax: (501) 569-8279

Updated 9.7.2013