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Written Communication Graduate Program

Student Group 1In our Masters degree in Written Communication program at Eastern Michigan University, we stress community and flexibility. As a student in this program, you join a community that offers social support, professional networking and friendly connections with faculty.

We have two emphases in our 30 credit MA program.

The Professional Writing emphasis focuses on the study and practice of professional and technical writing. You will learn about the nature of rhetoric and writing, develop skills with the tools professional writers use and practice strategies for handling workplace projects successfully. (Note: If you are looking for our undergraduate major or minor in Professional Writing, click here.

The Teaching of Writing emphasis focuses on the study and practice of teaching writing, particularly at the college level. you will develop strategies for generating enthusiasm for writing and also consider the rhetorical, historical and ideological dimensions of those strategies.

Both programs offer a balance of required and elective courses that allow you to tailor a program of study that suits your needs. You can take Written Communication from both the professional and teaching of writing emphases, along with graduate courses in other programs in our department and other departments on campus.

We also offer graduate certificates in Technical Communication and the Teaching of Writing, both of which are 15 credits.  

The Certificate in Technical Writing is for students trained in other fields who want to become technical communicators and who want to learn more about the field. Many of our students in the certificate program already have or are currently enrolled in another graduate degree program, and some of our students go on from the certificate program to the Masters program.

The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is for students in other fields who want to learn more the teaching of writing at all levels, particularly in college classrooms. Many of our students are enrolled in other Masters programs and are interested in adding coursework in writing pedagogy to their degree program. The program is also ideal for practicing elementary, secondary, and college teachers who want to learn more about the teaching of writing.

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To learn more about the program

Contact the Program Coordinator, Chalice Randazzo (crandaz1@emich.edu).