Written Communication

Dr. Michael Charlton, Program Director
(816) 271-4323

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 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 in the field and wish to earn a Master’s degree to move into supervisory positions or otherwise advance their career. In the Technical Communication option, students will study 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Letter of intent that summarizes the skills, experiences, and competencies students can bring to the program. Students should also explain why they are applying to this program, which of the two options (Writing Studies or Technical Communication) the student intends to enroll in, and what their goals are for their work in the program. The letter should also discuss the portfolio materials (see below), explaining the audience, context, and purpose for which they were written.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  • Portfolio, 10 to 15 pages total length, that includes two or three writing samples. Students applying for the Writing Studies option should include at least one academic paper. Students applying for the Technical Communication option should include at least one example of workplace writing. Students in both options are encouraged to prepare a portfolio that shows the range and quality of their writing.
  • Three letters of reference from professors, supervisors, or other suitably qualified personnel. These may sent directly to the address below.
  • Application reviewed and approved by the English and Modern Languages Graduate Committee.