The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) offers an online Master of Arts (MA) in Professional and Technical Writing with concentrations in Editing and Publishing, Nonfiction Writing, and Technical Writing. All of the program’s coursework is offered via online instruction and students are not required to attend any campus visits. The program is comprised of 36 credit hours, divided across 9 hours of core classes, 15 hours of concentration coursework, 6 hours of cognate courses, and 6 hours devoted to students’ culminating experience, which can be a master’s thesis, a capstone project, or a professional portfolio. Full-time students are typically able to graduate from the program in roughly two years; part-time enrollment extends the time to complete by one to two years.

UALR’s online MA in Professional and Technical Writing program is designed to provide theoretical and applied training in professional communication, rhetoric, nonfiction writing and publishing, specialized writing and composition, writing instruction, and other skills that have applications in writing intensive fields. The core curriculum for this program consists of two courses in Introduction to Research Methods and Rhetorical Theory, followed by students’ choice of one of four courses in Composition Theory, Language Theory, Foundations of Creative Nonfiction, and Theory of Technical Communication.

From there, students take courses according to their concentration. For example, the Technical Writing concentration allows students to choose from a variety of electives such as Writing for Business and Government, Document Design, Introduction to Online Writing Instruction, Grant Writing, and Technology of the Book. Meanwhile, the Nonfiction Writing concentration features courses in Memoir, Digital Nonfiction, The Personal Essay, and Advanced Persuasive Writing. Finally, students who choose the Editing and Publishing Concentration are required to take courses in Technical Style and Editing, Editing for Publication, Advanced Editing, Production for Editors, and Publishing Inside Out; they are also required to complete an Editing Internship (which fulfills their cognate course requirement). For students of the Nonfiction Writing and Technical Writing concentrations, their cognate course choices should complement their program of study, and they select these classes in consultation with their program advisor.

For their culminating experience, students complete their choice of a master’s thesis, a capstone project, or a professional portfolio. During their work on their final graduation requirement, students receive guidance, support, and feedback from a committee of faculty advisors.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Online Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing

Department: Department of Rhetoric and Writing
Specializations/Concentrations: Concentration in Technical Writing
Websites: Department and Program

Program Format
Structure: Online program with no required campus visits
Instruction Methods: Program uses both synchronous and asynchronous instruction depending on the course and instructor
Campus Visits Required: No
Program Length: Program can be completed in 2 years (FT) to 3.5 years (PT) depending on how many courses a student takes per term
Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Credits Required: 36 credit hours
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: Thesis, applied capstone project or professional portfolio
Example Courses: Introduction to Research Methods; Rhetorical Theory; Theory of Technical Communication; Language Theory; Document Design; Editing for Publication; Technical Style & Editing; Grant Writing; Usability Testing and Design

Admission Requirements
Application Requirements: Bachelor's degree; statement of purpose; resume; writing samples; three letters of recommendation
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 (Conditional admission possible with a GPA greater of 2.7 to 2.99)
Testing Requirements: GRE not required

Tuition Costs
Estimated Tuition*: ~$14,256 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $396 per credit hour

State Authorizations: Program accepts students from all 50 states

*Estimated tuition is calculated by multiplying the cost per credit hour by the number of credits required to graduate. It does not include fees or other expenses.