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MA English: Professional Writing


Southeast's Master of Arts in professional writing helps students to master different types of professional writing, further develop their writing skills, and perfect their critical abilities, including the determination of effective styles and presentations for texts. Professional writing includes rhetorical composition, technical writing, new media, and creative writing. This option allows students to learn in depth about writing theories, rhetorical theory, creative writing and its strategies, and technical production of text in print and online

What You'll Do

  • Learn professional, creative styles of writing and their strategies
  • Learn writing and rhetorical theory
  • Learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and fact-finding
  • Learn in-depth editing skills using the major style manuals

What You'll Study

  • EN601 Research
  • EN686 SocioLinguistics
  • EN645 Advanced Publishing
  • EN572 Creative Non-fiction

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Assistant editor at a university press
  • Communications and training coordinator for AmerenUE in St. Louis
  • Acceptances into Ph.D. programs in creative writing
  • Published novel writer


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