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Professional Writing and Editing

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administrative contact

Amanda Tustin
Senior Administrative Secretary
phone: 304-293-2947
fax: 304-293-5380

program contact

Brian Ballentine
phone: 304-293-9704

Program Details

Program Description

The MA in Professional Writing and Editing is a 30-hour degree that combines theories of writing with practice in real-world writing situations. Students will study professional writing theory, the history of rhetoric, organizational theory, rhetorical analysis, project management, and writing ethics.

This degree prepares students for a variety of career options, including technical writing and editing, project management, writing consulting, high-level information product design and advanced graduate study in rhetoric and composition.

The degree is designed for both newly graduated undergraduates and working adults who want more training in writing and editing.

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Test Requirements: GRE

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: January 15
  • Spring Deadline: Fall enrollment only
  • Summer Deadline: Fall enrollment only


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.