Wisconsin businesses and organizations throughout the country need writing professionals with a wide range of skills and knowledge. Customize your advanced, specialized writing graduate program at Mount Mary University through courses that provide a breadth of graduate level creative and professional/new media writing instruction that is unique in Wisconsin. Advanced, specialized writing courses provide the opportunity to develop areas of interest in depth or to cover a breadth of writing skills. In addition, we offer scheduling that accommodates busy lives. Classes meet in the evening (generally one night a week), on weekends, and, in some instances, in a hybrid or blended format (part class time/part online) or a completely online format. Students may choose to focus on creative writing or professional/new media writing, or take courses in both areas.

  • Creative writing: Creative writing courses focus on novel writing, short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry. In these courses, you'll learn how to control plot and thematic structure, establish scene and setting, and sustain voice and point of view.
  • Professional and New Media writing: Professional/new media courses focus on writing for nonprofits, and for print, websites, social media and mobile technologies. In these courses, you’ll learn how to develop and manage blogs and social media campaigns, research and write effectively for multiple media, and implement new technologies in the workplace. 

Degree Requirements & Completion Time

Degree requirements and time to completion depend on how many credits you take each semester. The degree program requires a minimum of 30 credits.

  • Core (6 credits): All students are required to take an introductory writing workshop course and a culminating thesis course. 
  • Specialized Writing and Literature (9 credits): All students are required to sample one creative writing course, one professional/new media writing course, and one literature course.
  • Additional Specialized Writing and Literature (15 credits): Students select from a variety of creative writing, professional/new media writing, and literature courses, depending upon their areas of interest.

See complete degree requirements and a listing of courses in the Graduate Bulletin (PDF).

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 credits or 30 percent of total program credits, whichever is greater, may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions with the approval of the program director. All transfer credits must be at a grade B or better, and must be documented with official transcripts. Credit earned prior to admission will be evaluated during the admission process only.