Admission requirements

Applicants to the MA program in Professional and Technical Writing must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally or internationally accredited institution. The program accepts applicants from a wide range of disciplines and professions; a prior degree in writing is not required.

Regular admission

Applicants will be considered for regular admission if they have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a previous baccalaureate or graduate degree, or if they have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better on their last 60 hours of coursework. The quality of the applicant’s writing — including the statement of purpose, writing samples, and cover piece — is a major factor in the admissions decision, along with the applicant’s references.

Students must have regular admission status in order to be eligible for teaching, research, or administrative assistantship positions.

Conditional admission

Applicants will be considered for conditional admission if they have achieved a cumulative GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 on a previous baccalaureate or graduate degree, or if they have achieved a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 on their last 60 hours of coursework. The quality of the applicant’s writing — including the statement of purpose, writing samples, and cover piece — is a major factor in the admissions decision, along with the applicant’s references. Some applicants with GPAs higher than 3.0 may be conditionally admitted based on the admission committee’s evaluation of the writing samples and references.

Conditionally admitted students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in their first 9 hours of coursework in order to remain in the program. Conditionally admitted students may also be subject to other conditions for enrollment, such as required courses in the first nine hours of study specified by the admission committee. Conditionally admitted students completing their MA coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher after their first nine credit hours will become regularly admitted students.

Special conditional admission

Applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.69 who demonstrate extraordinary potential for achievement may petition the MA admission committee for special consideration.

Applicants must discuss and provide evidence regarding two or more of the following criteria as part of their petition:

  • GPA in previous writing courses
  • Amount of time elapsed since the previous degree (5+ years recommended)
  • Professional experience in writing, teaching, or editing
  • Professional accomplishments that demonstrate the applicant’s abilities with respect to time management or focused, intensive study
  • Extraordinary circumstances related to the low overall GPA

Applicants whose petitions are approved by the admission committee will be subject to the same requirements and restrictions as listed above for conditionally admitted students.