Master of Arts in English, Professional Writing emphasis

This all-online degree is for you if you are looking for a career in writing and editing in:

  • business
  • industry
  • government

In our program, you will develop skills in high demand sorts of writing, such as:

  • grants and proposals
  • reports
  • procedures
  • policy statements
  • other types of workplace writing

After completing this program, you will be able to enter the workforce as a writer, editor, or team member, working closely with engineers, scientists, healthcare professionals, and finance experts to create professional documents.

Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses and academic plans.

MA Professional Writing Program Information


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To be considered for admission, you must submit the following materials on the Graduate College application website:

  • graduate admissions application
  • official transcripts
  • TOEFL score (international students)
  • a letter of application, stating your interest in the MA – Professional Writing Program, your qualifications for entrance into the program (e.g., work experience), and your plans for using the degree after you have earned it
  • your resume or vita
  • a short sample of your writing, either work-related or academic
  • three letters of recommendation (from academic or workplace references)


There are no application deadlines. We consider applications when they are made.  As soon as your application is complete, the Graduate College will forward it to the admission committee and you’ll have an answer within two weeks.

If you don’t have an answer, it probably means that your application is not complete, and hence not in the hands of the admissions committee.

Check with the English graduate admissions administrator at 928-523-6842 to discover what may be missing from your application.

Other concerns

  • There are no residency requirements for the degree.
  • Tuition rates for distance students outside Arizona are more than in-state rates, but less than out-of-state, on-campus rates.

Financial aid and support

For information on financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Alex Weirich Memorial Scholarship

The Alex Weirich Memorial Scholarship is awarded to graduate students in the professional writing English MA program.

Other scholarships

Find other scholarships.

Tuition waivers

A limited number of tuition waivers are available to out-of-state or in-state students who can demonstrate financial need.

If you are an out-of-state student and wish to present yourself as a candidate for one of these awards, please download the English Department tuition waiver form.

Graduate assistantships

Learn more about the available graduate assistantships.