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Professional Writing and Editing

The M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing is a 30-hour degree that combines theories of writing with practice in real-world writing situations. Students will study professional writing theory, the history of rhetoric, editing, rhetorical analysis, new modes of digital composition and writing ethics. This degree prepares students for a variety of career options, including technical writing and editing, project management, writing consulting, writing instruction and advanced graduate study in rhetoric and composition. The degree is designed for both newly graduated undergraduates and working adults who want more training in writing and editing.

Career Profile

In addition to becoming professional writers and editors, graduates get jobs as technical writers, documentation specialists, Web content managers, visual and Web designers, grant writers and freelance writers. The program prepares students for many interesting positions that require excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs related to technical writing are expected to grow faster than average and increase by 15 percent between 2012 and 2022.

Course Delivery Options

On-campus

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Sample of Academic Writing, Writing samples/portfolio which includes work crossing various genres

Program Application Test Requirements

​GRE

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

​January 15

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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