MAs in Composition Studies

Compare 29 Master of Art Programs in Composition Studies

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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MFA in Creative Writing

Chapman University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Orange

The M.F.A. writing program at Chapman fosters the growth of fiction writers and poets through workshops, techniques courses, literature courses, the John Fowles Literary Forum, and the literary journal Calliope. [+]

The M.F.A. writing program at Chapman fosters the growth of fiction writers and poets through workshops, techniques courses, literature courses, the John Fowles Literary Forum, and the literary journal Calliope.

The creative writing faculty is comprised of a wide variety of award-winning writers and poets who serve as mentors from day one.

The culmination of each M.F.A. writing student’s work is a book-length thesis project in fiction or poetry. (Students may complete a thesis in creative nonfiction, stage drama, or screenplay, with the approval of the graduate program director.) Many M.F.A. graduates teach at two- and four-year colleges, publish their work, or go on to professional careers in writing and editing.... [-]


MA in Black British Writing

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

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. ... [-]

MA in Publishing and Writing

Emerson College
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 3 years September 2018 USA Boston + 1 more

Pursuing a career in publishing? Whether you want to shape the prose of fresh voices as an editor, represent writers as a literary agent, or work with exciting online publications and new media formats, Emerson’s prestigious Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing will help you succeed in this ever-vital, ever-changing field. [+]

About the Program

Pursuing a career in publishing? Whether you want to shape the prose of fresh voices as an editor, represent writers as a literary agent, or work with exciting online publications and new media formats, Emerson’s prestigious Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing will help you succeed in this ever-vital, ever-changing field.

You’ll receive a comprehensive overview of the publishing industry with the flexibility to take classes in a variety of areas, including book, magazine, and electronic publishing courses, customizing the program to meet your interests. With the support and guidance of our award-winning faculty, you will master:

Writing for print and online magazines Book and magazine design and production Publishing for tablets, e-readers, and mobile devices Web design and publishing Publicity and marketing Developmental, line, and copy editing Acquisition skills The Art & Business of Writing ... [-]

MA in Creative Writing

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bath

This 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. [+]

An MA designed to help you write a novel, collection of poems, a 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 publishing writers.

This 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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Professional Writing

Kennesaw State University
Campus Part time September 2018 USA Kennesaw

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing program (MAPW) is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts. [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing program (MAPW) is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts. Coursework in three concentrations—applied writing, composition, and rhetoric, and creative writing—allows students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in various fields of professional writing. As students become experienced in producing and analyzing business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts, they develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience. MAPW students will become writing professionals who can move in many directions during their careers. They will become flexible writers who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting their writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts.... [-]


MA Creative Writing

Nottingham Trent University: School of Arts and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

The MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University is one of the longest established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK, with a strong record of publication by its graduates. Designed for talented and committed writers, the course is taught by a team of award-winning writers and academics. You will be joining a lively community of other writers and teachers where you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult fiction, and writing for radio, stage, and screen. [+]

MA Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University is one of the longest established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK, with a strong record of publication by its graduates. Designed for talented and committed writers, the course is taught by a team of award-winning writers and academics.

You will be joining a lively community of other writers and teachers where you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult fiction, and writing for radio, stage, and screen.

What you'll study

The course invites you to develop your writing strengths by providing a framework within which you can discuss your own and each other’s work. At the heart of the course are small group workshops and a series of seminars by staff, visiting writers, publishers, and professors, including internationally acclaimed screenwriter William Ivory. Other guest speakers have included David Almond, Alan Hollinghurst, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay, Alan Jenkins, Alison Moore, Carrie Etter, David Lodge, Michèle Roberts and Miranda Seymour. Establishing important links with the publishing and editing industries, you will work closely with staff and visiting speakers to develop your work to an excellent standard.... [-]


Master of Arts in Professional Writing

New England College
Online Part time 12 months September 2018 USA USA Online

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.

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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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Teaching Writing

Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs
Online Part time 1 - 5 years September 2018 USA Washington

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. [+]

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 ... [-]

Research MA in Communication and Information Studies: Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the Research Master’s programme Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication, you will develop a thorough understanding of the ways in which language is used as a means of convincing others, studying argumentation and rhetoric in a range of communicative contexts. [+]

In the Research Master’s programme Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication, you will develop a thorough understanding of the ways in which language is used as a means of convincing others, studying argumentation and rhetoric in a range of communicative contexts.

The Research Master’s programme Argumentation, Rhetoric, and Communication focus on the study of argumentation and rhetoric in different communicative contexts such as health, law, politics and science. The Research Master’s programme prepares students for conducting academic research by stimulating critical reflection on theories and methods for the analysis and evaluation of argumentative discourse in different domains.... [-]


MA in Creative Writing: Writing the City

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom London

This Creative Writing: Writing the City Masters course is the first to focus entirely on the city of London. It will allow you to explore the city as subject matter from a range of perspectives and across all genres. It will also give you a theoretical and practical platform from which to develop your understanding and become part of the London writing scene. [+]

This Creative Writing: Writing the City Masters course is the first to focus entirely on the city of London. It will allow you to explore the city as subject matter from a range of perspectives and across all genres. It will also give you a theoretical and practical platform from which to develop your understanding and become part of the London writing scene.

Taught by professional writers and researchers, the course offers plenty of opportunities to network with other writers, agents, TV producers and performance poets. You will be based in the University's headquarters building at 309 Regent Street, which means you will be writing about the city in the heart of London, with ready access to the capital's excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, including the vibrant West End theatre scene.... [-]


MA in Creative Writing

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Part time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The MA in Creative Writing at Wits University is a highly regarded two-year MA in which students complete a full-length creative project and an accompanying reflective essay. The programme is housed in the School of Literature, Language and Media but enjoys cross-disciplinary collaboration with lecturers and supervisors from several schools in the Faculty of Humanities. [+]

MA in Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing at Wits University is a highly regarded two-year MA in which students complete a full-length creative project and an accompanying reflective essay. The programme is housed in the School of Literature, Language and Media but enjoys cross-disciplinary collaboration with lecturers and supervisors from several schools in the Faculty of Humanities. Guest writers and publishers are invited to conduct workshops or give lectures in the programme, giving students the benefits of their experience and expertise. This intensive course combines seminars with one-on-one supervision so that students receive extensive feedback on their work: from their peers, their supervisor and other supervisors in the programme.... [-]


MA in Writing, Editing and Mediating

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 Netherlands 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 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 [+]

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.... [-]


MA in Writing

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time Part time 15 - 24 months September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Critical Writing in Art & Design 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. [+]

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 2018/19, we are introducing some exciting new areas of specialisation within the programme.

The programme is committed to the idea that writing – of all kinds – is a creative practice that requires imagination as well as good literary skills and expert knowledge. Students on the MA are presented with many opportunities to develop and apply the skills required by various writing formats from the review and catalogue essay to fiction and other forms of speculation. The unique structure of the programme allows for specialisation and the freedom to explore novel approaches to writing.... [-]


Master of Arts in Technical Communication

Texas Tech University Worldwide eLearning
Online Full time Part time September 2018 USA USA Online

Texas Tech University's online Master of Arts in Technical Communication, offered by the Department of English, is a great way to show your mastery of technical communication skills for industry positions in technical writing, writing, editing, and management - or for further graduate study. [+]

Master of Arts in Technical Communication

Texas Tech University's online Master of Arts in Technical Communication, offered by the Department of English, is a great way to show your mastery of technical communication skills for industry positions in technical writing, writing, editing, and management - or for further graduate study. Specific aims of study include knowledge of the history, theory, research, genres, principles, techniques, and practices of technical communication.

The program emphasizes five broad areas of scholarship in its scholarship, coursework, and initiatives:

Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology Technical Communication Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design. ... [-]

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

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Online Campus Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Wayne + 1 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]