The Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing offers advanced training in the art and craft of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The program combines the practical experience of writing workshops and studies in language and style with course work in literary studies, pedagogy, editing, publishing, and other topics.  The Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing attends to publishing as an integral part of the practice of the creative writer and affords interested students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with various facets of the publishing industry.

The MA in Writing and Publishing seeks to meet the needs of a range of students, including the following:

  • Students with interest and experience in creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and a variety of nonfiction genres.
  • Professional writers, including freelance writers and staff writers for general and trade publications or the Internet.
  • Feature writers for daily, weekly, or monthly newspapers.
  • General and specialized editors employed by publishing houses, magazines, and corporations.
  • Working professionals for whom high-quality writing is an essential component of their jobs.
  • Current and prospective teachers of English and/or writing at the secondary or post-secondary level.
  • Students seeking a master's-level foundation for further graduate work in creative writing, English, teaching, or related fields.

Electives in the MA in Writing and Publishing may be used for graduate certificate programs, such as the Certificate in Teaching English in the Two-Year College and the Certificate in Digital Humanities. With planning, combined MA/certificate programs may require no additional coursework to fulfill all requirements.

The MA in Writing and Publishing may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest.  Students participating in a combined MA/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs.  A separate application process for the certificate is required.  Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • Writing and Publishing + Digital Humanities Certificate
  • Writing and Publishing + Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges Certificate
  • Writing and Publishing + Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate

Courses in the Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing are offered at DePaul's Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. Students may complete their degree requirements with courses taken at either location. ​

Degree Requirements 48 hours
   Total hours required    48 hours