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For students looking to go the next step after earning a bachelor’s degree, an MA, or Master of Arts, degree may be the perfect choice. Usually best suited for studies that include social science, humanities, or art, an MA can be applicable in many fields of study.

What is an MA in Composition Studies? An MA in Composition Studies can be specifically focused on the art of creating written projects. This can include intense studies of creative writing, professional writing, and dramatic writing. When you have completed an MA in Composition program, you can expect to have a wide-ranging knowledge of how to write well and use words effectively. You may study grammar as well as many different aspects of English.

Knowledge of how to write can make it easier to communicate with others, both personally and professionally. A better understanding of rhetoric used in writing can help you see issues from more than one side. Knowledge of how to properly compose a new piece can help you think in a more organized way and get projects done more efficiently.

The cost of an MA in Composition Studies can vary depending on several factors. Some things that can be considered when looking into the cost of this degree are where the courses are being taken and what prerequisites must be met.

Having an MA in Composition Studies can open up a wide range of career options. With this degree, you can expect to do something that involves a lot of writing. You can work as a journalist for a newspaper or magazine, or become an author who publishes your own books. You can also explore the world of plays and screenwriting and work to create new scripts for movies as well as other productions. Many of these careers can be very self-driven and creative endeavors.

When thinking about working for an MA in Composition Studies, you can consider taking classes at a traditional university or online.  Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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26 Results in Composition Studies

University of Hull Online

Harness the power of language and develop your distinctive voice as a writer. Transform your passion for reading into the ability to produce prose worthy of public recogn ... [+]

Harness the power of language and develop your distinctive voice as a writer.

Course details

Next start date: 23 September 2019 Application deadline: 16 September 2019 Duration: two years (part-time) Format: online, with optional face-to-face events Total fees for the two-year course: £9,400 Entry requirements A minimum 2.2 Bachelor Honours degree or international equivalent. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may still be considered but will need to present examples of relevant published work with their application. A creative writing sample (fiction or non-fiction) of up to 3,000 words. An IELTS 6.0 score (with minimum 5.5 in each skill) if your first language isn’t English (or other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull). Two references, of which one must be an academic reference, and the other can be a work reference. Why this MA? ... [-]
United Kingdom Hull
September 2019
Part-time
2 years
Online
Bar-Ilan University

The two-year program, housed in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University, offers an MA in English Literature with specializations in Li ... [+]

The Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing is a magnet for English-speaking Israelis, as well as Jews and non-Jews from around the world. The two-year program, housed in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University, offers an MA in English Literature with specializations in Literary Fiction, Poetry or Creative Nonfiction.

Located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and only an hour's bus ride from Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University enjoys a diverse student body.

Students in the Program range in age from 21-71 and come from all over the world. Though the Program explores the long tradition between Judaism and writing, there are no agendas, only the pursuit of good writing. Our students and visiting writers often experience their time in the Program as a life-changing period.... [-]

Israel Ramat Gan
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of North Alabama College of Arts and Sciences

The MA in Writing prepares students for a variety of careers in writing as well as for the pursuit of terminal degrees as researchers and academics. This degree program c ... [+]

Prepare for a career as a writer

In a rapidly changing world, business, industry, and academia increasingly demand the skills of written communication. Writing the Great American Novel isn’t the only way to earn a living as a writer—and many professionals earn lucrative incomes as technical writers, content writers, editors, social media campaign leaders, and communication managers.

Through courses in technical writing, grant writing, document design, and publishing, as well as composition theory, students gain deep experience in the types of writing required in today’s professional, academic, technical and creative communities. In addition to coursework, many students participate in paid writing internships which provide real-world experience and contacts to build a bridge to their writing careers.... [-]

USA Florence
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Full-time
2 years
Online
New England College

The New England College Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Writing is an accelerated 12-month online program that provides individualized student-centered instruction fo ... [+]

The New England College Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Writing is an accelerated 12-month online program that provides individualized student-centered instruction focused on new and traditional writing-based media. The 36-credit program combines innovative theoretical, creative and practical foundations to prepare students for challenges in the dynamic and rapidly evolving field of professional writing. Students are mentored by highly skilled instructors to apply their knowledge and writing skills to cutting-edge communication challenges. The program’s Capstone process allows students to create a comprehensive professional digital-based portfolio of work that reflects individualized interests and career goals.... [-]

USA USA Online
September 2019
Part-time
12 months
Online
Goldsmiths, University of London

This new and unique Master importantly addresses black writing as a continuum. Its heritage in British culture is considered along with a trajectory marked by historical ... [+]

This new and unique Master importantly addresses black writing as a continuum. Its heritage in British culture is considered along with a trajectory marked by historical presences as connecting with migratory, indigenous and global perspectives.

Introducing the MA Black British Writing - “It’s a story that hasn’t really been told”

This MA is:

World first. Nowhere else in the world can you study this field in such a richly, referenced way - in the actual country where the writing is produced. Cross-disciplinary in teaching, studies, research. Writing as perceived in its broadest form on and off the page and screen. Collaborative. It will be taught by Professor Joan Anim-Addo and Dr Deirdre Osborne, who share its vision and will co-teach the modules. Inclusive. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people – those seeking academic careers, professionals who are returning to learning, artists who wish to develop their analytic and critical thinking skills. Connected to local, national and international research streams. Both tutors have well-established research profiles with publications and track records in convening public events in the field. ... [-]
United Kingdom London
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Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Emerson College

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Emerson College fosters a community of poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers, editors, publishers and teachers. We are bas ... [+]

Why Emerson College?

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Emerson College fosters a community of poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers, editors, publishers and teachers. We are based in the heart of downtown Boston, historically a center of intellectual inquiry, creative endeavor, and innovation in education. MFA students at Emerson College engage with one another not only in the classroom but also in the greater cultural environment of Boston itself.

Learn more about Program Requirements and Curriculum »

The MFA at a Glance

As one of the longest-running creative writing MFA programs in the country, Emerson’s Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing has attracted a faculty that is diverse in their capacities and adept in their fields. Nonfiction faculty members practice and teach the literary essay, memoir, biography, long-form narrative journalism, and opinion and arts commentary, making Emerson one of the most varied and challenging nonfiction programs nationwide. The fiction faculty is distinguished in all forms—the novel, novella, short story, and the short-short story. Our poetry faculty includes formalists as well as free-verse poets, with courses in the forms of poetry, translation, and the poetic sequence. A distinguishing feature of our MFA is the opportunity for students to have a translation/global engagement focus on their degree. MFA students can count on the mentoring of our faculty members during and after completing the program.... [-]

USA Boston
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
Manchester Metropolitan University

On our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the ... [+]

Overview

At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our Master's programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.

On our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. MA students undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective and then complete their studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book. The MA is available to complete in one year full-time, or two years part-time/online.... [-]

United Kingdom Manchester
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Online
University of Lincoln

Our MA in Creative Writing provides opportunities to work closely with practicing creative writers and hear from professionals from the publishing industry in guest lectu ... [+]

The Course

Our MA in Creative Writing provides opportunities to work closely with practicing creative writers and hear from professionals from the publishing industry in guest lectures.

This program aims to encourage you to balance creative practice with critical analysis, reflect on production processes and hone your skills. There is a strong emphasis on the productive writer as a productive reader who is familiar with the literature being produced around them.

You have the opportunity to work in a variety of literary genres and there is support for students who want to publish their work. There is the opportunity to develop a portfolio of creative work and build a network of contacts in preparation for a career in the creative industries.... [-]

United Kingdom Lincoln
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Bath Spa University

An MA designed to help you write a novel, collection of poems, collection of stories or work of non-fiction. ... [+]

An MA designed to help you write a novel, collection of poems, collection of stories or work of non-fiction.

Excellent record of helping students achieve publication.

Widely regarded as one of the best courses of its kind.

Taught by an extremely strong team of published writers.

This full-time Creative Writing course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible.

Working with tutors and other writers on the course, you’ll develop your writing and build up a substantial body of work. Weekly workshops are taught by a strong team of published writers, and there are regular visits by literary agents, publishers, magazine editors and broadcasters, as well as other writers.... [-]

United Kingdom Bath
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Royal College of Art

The Writing MA programme in the School of Humanities provides unique opportunities for postgraduate students to develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills ... [+]

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the Programme

The Writing MA programme in the School of Humanities provides unique opportunities for postgraduate students to develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills in the setting of one of the world’s most dynamic art schools. Combining workshop models of teaching and learning, and ‘live’ projects with leading arts organisations, the MA provides the skills required for a successful career in the arts or a research degree. For 2019/20, we are introducing some exciting new areas of specialisation within the programme.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
15 - 24 months
Campus
Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs

The online Master of Arts in Teaching Writing at Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Program prepares teachers at all levels and in all disciplines to become master teachers ... [+]

The online Master of Arts in Teaching Writing at Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Program prepares teachers at all levels and in all disciplines to become master teachers of writing, acquiring new and innovative ways to teach writing to their students.

In addition to studying theories and best practices, teachers can simultaneously pursue their own writing in an exciting and supportive online community of teachers and writers. This nine-course program allows participants to address individual situations, needs, and interests while learning within a diverse community.

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree in a country outside of the United States are required to provide a course-by-course credential evaluation and TOEFL scores if English is not their first language A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Completed Application Resume Official Transcripts Statement of Purpose Writing Samples Optional: Up to Three Letters of Recommendation ... [-]
USA Washington
September 2019
Part-time
1 - 5 years
Online
University of Technology Sydney

The Master of Arts in Creative Writing is designed for experienced and emerging writers who want to develop and expand their practical skills in writing, as well as their ... [+]

Under the guidance of leading experts in writing, editing, publishing and creative writing research, students study in depth a range of forms, genres and aspects of writing craft and industry; experience group project work and workshopping; and develop a major writing project.

The aims of this degree are: to enhance students’ knowledge and skills across a range of writing genres and forms, to facilitate in students an ability to critically reflect on and improve their work, to provide a deep understanding of the relationship between writing practice and the writing industry across a range of project types and contexts, and to encourage students to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments in the creative and cultural industries. ... [-]

Australia Sydney
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1.5 years
Campus
University of Groningen

What makes a text a good or captivating text? How do you recognize repetitions, inconsistencies, faulty logic and other problems in texts? What does it take to guide a te ... [+]

What makes a text a good or captivating text? How do you recognize repetitions, inconsistencies, faulty logic and other problems in texts? What does it take to guide a text from writer to reader?

These and other questions are encountered in the unique one-year programme which focuses on all aspects of writing, editing, and publishing. You will improve your skills in writing and editing English texts. These skills include audience-centered writing and correcting written English. The programme is meant for graduates with a near-native command of the English language.

As a student of this programme, you will become aware of the different conventions, genres, and styles and how they appeal to various audiences. Also, you will learn to work authoritatively in the fields of writing, publishing, and editing. You will complete the programme with a placement period and a Master's thesis.The one-year Master's programme in Writing, Editing and Mediating is a specialization within the Master's degree in Literary Studies.... [-]

Netherlands Groningen
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Full-time
12 months
Campus
Teesside University

This is an exciting, supportive and non-residency online course that offers you the opportunity to develop your writing practice at the times that work for you, wherever ... [+]

Overview

Creative writers express thoughts, feelings and emotions through words and have the ability to inform, provoke, captivate, inspire and move. You approach creative writing from a variety of perspectives – including fiction, poetry, life writing and drama – to explore how writers operate and how you can become an independent writer.

Course details

We understand how difficult it can be to find the space and structure to develop your writing - this course makes it easy for you to adapt your weekly studies to your personal circumstances. This course is taught throughout by tutors who are both practising creative writers and experienced teachers of creative writing at postgraduate level. The emphasis is on developing practical writing skills and techniques whilst gaining an understanding of your own work within a critical context and framework. The course consists of four 30-credit taught modules plus the Creative Writing Project (60 credit), which is the final portfolio of your creative writing. Each module offers you opportunities to experiment and develop your interests, whether these are in prose fiction, poetry, creative life writing, dramatic writing and screenwriting or in using writing to work with people in personal and professional development and healthcare settings. For more information, take a look at our module descriptions. This course is available to all international applicants. Individual modules can be taken on a stand-alone basis. If you apply for this course, you must submit a portfolio of your creative writing of up to and no more than 2,000 words... [-]

United Kingdom Middlesbrough
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Online
William Paterson University of New Jersey

In the master of fine arts (MFA) program in creative and professional writing at William Paterson University, you will study in a supportive academic environment focused ... [+]

Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing (MFA)

In the master of fine arts (MFA) program in creative and professional writing at William Paterson University, you will study in a supportive academic environment focused on the production of high-caliber writing. Designed to hone essential creative skills and nourish talent in poetry, fiction, memoir, literary biography, TV/film/theater scripts, cultural reviews, and more, the program will advance your writing to a professionally competitive level. You will also gain valuable experience in manuscript evaluation and editing, up-to-date methodologies of teaching writing, and the advanced interpretation of literature.

The MFA’s rigorous course of study prepares you for a wide variety of careers, including secondary education and university-level teaching, book and magazine publishing and editing, journalism, copywriting, public relations, and professional writing. In addition, you will benefit from the program’s applied focus on developing a substantial manuscript portfolio, targeting appropriate markets, and submitting work for publication according to professional standards.... [-]

USA Wayne
September 2019
Part-time
2 years
Campus
Online