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M.A. in English with a Concentration in Professional Writing

M.A. in English with Concentration in Professional WritingThe 33-credit M.A. in English with a concentration in professional writing is designed for students interested primarily in writing-related careers associated with business and nonprofit management, science and technology, and new electronic media. The concentration offers students individualized attention and professional guidance through writing workshops and independent studies. The goal of the program is to expand the student’s knowledge and practice of professional writing genres while providing a solid base in history, theory, research and professional practices.

About the Field of Professional Writing

The professional writing field is closely allied with the health, legal and educational professions, government, business and non-profit organizations, science and technology, and publishing and digital media in communicating the information that is at the heart of an information-based economy. Professional writing involves not just writing up information but also researching, editing, designing, testing and publishing information in print and digital forms, as well as managing both individual documentation projects and an organization’s entire documentation portfolio. Students and workers in the information economy can develop their professional writing expertise by pursuing the English Department’s M.A. with a concentration in professional writing.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must: 

  • Submit an academic writing sample that reflects your writing and analytic abilities
  • Submit a letter of intent that describes why you want to pursue an M.A. in English 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic professors. 
  • Submit official educational transcripts with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better, preferable at least 6 credits in advanced English courses. 
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission) (This package will be reviewed by an English Graduate Admissions Committee)

Submitting an Application For Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon maintaining an overall 3.0 grade-point average in graduate coursework.

For more information about the program, contact the English Department’s graduate advisor, Marilyn Boutwell. For further information about the MA and the other programs and activities of the Department, visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog).



Required (for both M.A. and M.F.A. students): English 707 Methods of Research and Criticism (3 credits)


Required (3 Credits)


Required: Two courses in Professional Writing (6 Credits)


Required: Three courses from Writing & Rhetoric and/or Professional Writing (9 Credits). Notes: Teaching Assistants are required to take English 646 Individual & Small Group Writing Instruction. Teaching Fellows are required to take English 700 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing.


Required: Three courses in Literature (9 Credits)


Required: English 708 Thesis (3 credits)