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What do students do when they finish the program?
Our students have gone on to work as professional writers and editors in
nonprofit organizations and in the private sector, to teach writing in
postsecondary contexts, to direct writing centers, to teach English as a
foreign language in the US and overseas, and to continue their education in top PhD
programs in the field. Check out the "Student Spotlights" and "Student and Faculty News and Updates" features on our department blog
to learn more about our alumni.
How long does the program take to complete?
The program requires students to complete 12 courses. Full-time students
take two courses per quarter and can complete the program in six
academic quarters (not including summer term). Many students take
longer to complete the program by taking courses part time. We
discourage students from taking more than two courses per quarter and do
not guarantee availability of required courses to allow degree
completion in fewer than two years.
Can I take courses in the summer?
WRD has very limited graduate course offerings in the summer; however,
appropriate courses may be offered by other departments during the
summer terms. Advanced MAWRD students may take up to two non-WRD
courses upon approval by the graduate committee.
When and where are courses offered?
All courses in the program are taught once per week (for a total of 10 regular class sessions plus finals), in the evenings from 6:00 to 9:15 pm. We offer graduate courses on Monday through Thursday evening at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.
Can I transfer from another DePaul program or another university into the MA in WRD program?
Students interested in transferring to the MA in WRD from another graduate program at DePaul should contact the MA in WRD Program Director, Professor Lisa Dush
, to discuss their course history and interests in the MA in WRD program and to obtain information regarding the transfer application procedures.
Students interested in transferring to the MA in WRD from a graduate program at another institution must complete a full application to the program (see Admissions).
Up to three classes from another program or institution may be accepted for credit toward the MA in WRD, pending approval of the Program Director.
Are students expected to maintain a minimum GPA?
Yes. In order to maintain good standing in the program, students in the
MA program must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or
better in their course work. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below
3.0 will be placed on probation and given two quarters to raise their
average to the minimum 3.0 level. Students on probation are required to
consult with the program director before registering for classes.