Why ODU for English - Professional Writing Online?

In our online master of arts in English, you will develop professional skills in writing, document design, and textual analysis.

The professional writing concentration will provide a focus on the theory, practices, and dynamics of writing in a variety of workplace settings.

The core courses cover rhetoric, research, theories, and the impact of technology on writing practices.

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You will be able to select coursework in specific professional writing topics, such as:

  • digital writing
  • management writing
  • visual rhetoric and document design
  • professional writing theories and practices
  • new media theory and practice

This program can also help you prepare for doctoral work in professional writing.

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Required Courses

  • 30 credit hours

You will take four core courses and then choose from a variety of topics to focus on your area of interest.

This degree has the following final exam options:

  • Portfolio project and oral exam: The portfolio is a collection of individual texts with a meta-narrative, 10,000-15,000 words in length.
  • Comprehensive oral exam only
  • Thesis and oral exam

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

  • An undergraduate degree in English or a related field is preferred but not required. A GPA of 3.0 is required in for non-English majors.
  • A writing sample is required to demonstrate your readiness for graduate-level writing.
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores, a sample of scholarly writing, and three recommendations, one of which evaluates ability in English. Regular admission requires a score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL (the equivalent of 570 in the older, paper-based score scale or 80 on the TOEFL iBT).

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

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You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.