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Professional Writing, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Kutztown, PA, United States
What do Game of Thrones, The Avengers, TMZ, Yahoo, Yelp and every web site you visit including this page have in common? They all rely on professional writers for their creative storylines, scripts, informational copy and promotional content.
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Overview

There is perhaps no more versatile degree than Professional Writing. During every waking hour of every day we’re surrounded by skillfully crafted language. Writers are behind the content and branding of all entertainment media. They work in every industry, government agency and influential institution. They write news, poetry, technical documents, podcasts, user manuals, games, novels, social media, screenplays, grants, reviews, media, analyses, and so much more.

You can be the author who writes the next chapter of your life and take your place beside those who use language, literature and creative expression to shape our world. KU’s Professional Writing program will challenge you to stretch your imagination as you hone your own craft, learning how to construct poignant stories, think critically and develop original creative content for fiction and nonfiction genres.

The programme

Professional Writing majors at Kutztown University begin their careers with WRI 100—Reading and Writing in the Professions, which galvanizes foundation skills in critical thinking and writing processes. They follow with core classes in creative writing, technical writing, journalism, and copy editing. Along the way, they pair electives in their primary areas of interest, like fiction, public rhetoric, or investigative reporting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Issues 
  • Journalism Semester
  • Writing for the Workplace 
  • Intro to Mass Communications 
  • Copy and Line Editing 
  • Creative Writing: Forms 
  • Advanced Composition
  • Writing Elective
  • Concomitant

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    53

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the admissions application. 
  • Pay the non-refundable $35 application fee. KU subscribes to the College Board and NACAC fee waiver programs.
  • Send an official high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. GED results must be sent directly from the Department of Education.
  • Submit SAT or ACT test scores. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3858 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kutztown

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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