Masters - English and Creative Writing: Nonfiction

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If you wish to improve your writing skills, regardless of whether you'd like to pursue a career in writing, Southern New Hampshire University's online Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction degree program may be a good option for you. Read on to learn more about this master's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

In this online program, you will have the opportunity to experience a curriculum designed to help you improve your writing skills by studying the work of respected authors. The program is intended to present writing as a craft that could be improved with study and exposure to different types of genres. Though the program could be a good fit for aspiring professional writers, Southern New Hampshire University notes that this program may be helpful to professionals in a variety of careers, including business. Topics designed to be covered in this Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction program may include contemporary writers and publishers, literary theory, and modernism.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Though this program is writing intensive, you do not necessarily need to have an educational background in writing. However, to be considered for admission, you will need to submit a creative writing sample as well as an essay conveying your interest in the program. To apply to Southern New Hampshire University programs, you must have earned a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You are required to take 36 credits in order to graduate from this program. There are multiple course* options in each required category, giving you some flexibility and control in your course of study.

Nonfiction Concentration Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
ENG 530Nonfiction Fundamentals
ENG 541Nonfiction Thesis Writing
ENG 551Nonfiction Thesis Completion

English and Creative Writing (MA) Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
EDU 750Seminar in Teaching Writing
ENG 550Graduate Studies in English Language
LIT 500Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
Choose Three of the Following:
LIT 506Medieval Literature
LIT 514American Realism and Naturalism
LIT 555American Modernism
LIT 650Graduate Seminar in American Literature
LIT 651Graduate Seminar in British Literature
LIT 652Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
Choose Two of the Following:
ENG 523Screenwriting Fundamentals
ENG 528Poetry Fundamentals
ENG 529Fiction Fundamentals
ENG 530Nonfiction Fundamentals
Choose Two of the Following:
ENG 531Fiction and Film
ENG 532Studies in Places and Setting
ENG 540Contemporary Writers and Publishers

*Coursework subject to change.

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

After completing this program, you could be able to pursue opportunities in such areas as journalism, publishing, marketing, or business communications. You could also seek to undertake additional responsibilities related to your current position. It may also be possible for you to pursue a career in writing instruction at a community college or private tutoring center.

Job titles may include or be similar to the following:

  • Writing Tutor
  • Copywriter
  • Reporter
  • Freelance Writer
  • Literary Agent
  • Manuscript Reader