Professional Writing, M.A. | University of Oklahoma | Norman, United States
24 months
20877 USD/year
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The Master of Professional Writing (MPW) from University of Oklahoma is one of the first programs of its kind in the United States, focusing on popular fiction and nonfiction.


The degree evolves from a longstanding emphasis under the M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. For 65 years, the University of Oklahoma's program in Professional Writing has prepared students to work as freelance fiction and nonfiction writers of books, screenplays, magazine articles and short stories. Our program faculty include commercially successful authors who bring substantial practical and creative experience to the classroom. 

About the Professional Writing programme

The unique Master of Professional Writing program from University of Oklahoma allows students to work in close collaboration with experienced faculty who are actively writing and publishing novels, non-fiction books and screenplays, and fellow students who are doing the same. The MPW program has a long history of producing some of America’s most successful novelists, including western great Louis L’Amour, mystery favorite Tony Hillerman and urban fantasy pioneer Jim Butcher. Other distinguished writers who have come through the MPW program include Marilyn Harris, Ross Thomas, Carolyn Hart, Harold Keith, Bill Wallace, Jack Bickham and Curtiss Ann Matlock.

Students cover novel writing, nonfiction book writing and screenwriting in the core curriculum. Additional coursework in one or more of these three areas enables them to develop their knowledge and skills in line with their interests. Students’ development is demonstrated in the final project–a book-length, professional-quality manuscript.

The central feature of the curriculum is intensive evaluation and critique of each student’s writing. This individualized focus begins in the writing courses in the core curriculum and continues in much of the additional Professional Writing coursework and the final project.  Students work with instructors who are successful, published writers themselves.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Writing the Novel-Graduate
  • Writing the Screenplay
  • Writing the Commercial Nonfiction Book
  • Conceptual Issues in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Readings in Mass Communication
  • Mass Communication Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GMAT score
  • A statement of your career and educational goals (1 to 1.5 pages, double-spaced)
  • Official transcripts for all institutions attended
  • International applicants must also submit an official TOEFL score and confidential financial statement

Tuition Fee

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    20877 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20877 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Norman

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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


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