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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 through the University Graduate Application:

  • Graduate Admission Application
  • Writing Sample 
  • Personal Statement 
  • 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) are optional for admission in Fall 2021.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application with unofficial transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Submitting unofficial transcripts speeds up the application review process as most graduate programs make admission decisions using unofficial transcripts. If you are offered acceptance, you are required to submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be fully admitted into your intended graduate program. You will not be able to register for classes until the official transcripts are received. (
  • The preferred method to submit your official transcripts is through a secure, online service such as eScript, The National Clearing House, or Parchment, to  Alternatively, if you are unable to submit an electronic version of your official transcript, the physical, sealed, un-tampered with documents can be mailed to: WVU Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506 OR WVU Graduate Admissions, 1 Waterfront Pl, 2nd Fl, Morgantown, WV 26501

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