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M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing


Admission to the M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing program is based on academic record, three letters of recommendation, a statement of professional goals, writing samples, and a current résumé or C.V. Students with past or current experience as a writer or editor may submit their professional work as part of their writing sample. However, applicants should all submit an academic research paper of at least 8-10 pages in length. In addition, applicants must submit their score on the Graduate Record Examination General Aptitude Test (at or above the 60th percentile on the verbal and analytical scales) taken within the last five years. In some cases, where students have graduated more than five years ago and can present at least two years of experience writing and editing on the job, we will consider requests to waive this requirement. Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL scores of at least 600 for the written exam or equivalent for the on-line version.

The graduate application deadline is January 15th.

Application Materials:

The following materials should be submitted online through the University Graduate Online Application:

  • Graduate Admission Application
  • Writing Sample (upload as “supplemental application” on Supplemental Materials page)
  • Personal Statement (upload as “personal statement” on Supplemental Materials page)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL Scores

In addition, applications require:

  • GRE General Aptitude Test Scores (WVU’s GRE Code is 5904)
  • Transcripts (send to: Office of Graduate Admissions, West Virginia University, P.0. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506)

For additional information about the M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing Program, please contact Dr. Brian Ballentine, PWE Program Coordinator.