Department of English and Modern Languages

Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication

The Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication is an interdisciplinary degree that helps students to improve their understanding of how to identify, develop, and guide others in the creation of quality writing. The program offers two options: Technical Communication and Writing Studies.

The Technical Communication option was developed for students who want to advance their careers in government, business, and industry through improved writing skills and through preparation to supervise and train others to become better writers. This program is also designed for students who are seeking to put their technical expertise to work as technical communicators, as well as students who are already working as technical communicators and who wish to earn a Master’s degree so that they may move into supervisory positions or otherwise advance their career. Issues explored in the Technical Communication option include publications management, organizational behavior, user-centered design, and effective written communication.

The Writing Studies option was developed for educators who want a Masters degree that gives them strength in writing as a content area and for students who are interested in preparing to teach writing at the post-secondary level. Students in the Writing Studies option will improve their understanding of writing theory and pedagogy, as well as improving their preparation to use technology in the teaching of writing. Issues explored in the Writing Studies option include writing and technology, the connections between rhetorical theory and writing pedagogy, and effective writing program administration.

Research assistantships and Graduate assistantships are available to students in the MAA in Written Communication. For information about assistantships and deadlines for application, please see the English & Modern Languages page department.

For more information about the MAA in Written Communication, contact Dr. Michael Charlton.