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English, MA (Writing)

Master of Arts Degree in English with an Emphasis in Writing

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Career Outlook

Communication, critical thinking and writing skills are some of the most sought-after skills in any career field. These in-demand competencies span the job market. When looking at employment growth, you must look at generic employment growth since the program provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for those with master's degrees is 16% higher than those with undergraduate degrees.

The English, MA (Writing) serves a variety of career paths and individual goals, including:

  • In-service teachers who seek graduate credit.
  • Students who wish to deepen their knowledge and advance their careers.
  • Individuals who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in English.
  • Creative writers sharpening and refining their skills for publication or an MFA program.
  • Career professionals in the area of editing, publication, professional and technical writing and business.

This program has the opportunity to help students expand their career options as it complements the following career paths:

  • Teachers
  • Lawyers
  • Professors
  • School administrators
  • Web developers
  • Corporate communicators
  • Authors
  • Technical Writers

Finance Your Education

The University of Nebraska offers some of the most affordable tuition rates in the region, particularly for our online programs. Explore the array of funding options to finance your education in a way that makes sense for you.

Online tuition rates are calculated by credit hour and college offering the course and, because the University of Nebraska is a public institution supported by Nebraska taxpayers, Nebraska residents may receive a lower tuition rate than out-of-state students.

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Note: Campuses may charge additional fees; see the Paying for School page for more details.

We believe cost should not be a barrier to accessing higher education, even for online programs. Financial aid and scholarships are available for many students. Please see the Paying for School page for additional information and links to campus financial aid resources.

Our programs are an ideal way for military, veterans, and dependents to advance education with military advisers and staff on each campus, flexible deployment and activation policies, and generous acceptance of transfer credits. Visit our Prospective Student page and explore what the University of Nebraska offers.

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