Who are our students?
Our students are former English majors, psychology majors, communications and art majors. They are full time students, middle school math teachers, high school English teachers, and community college journalism teachers. They work in public relations, journalism, freelance writing, and publishing. They vary in age from 23 to 63. Some are long time residents of Philadelphia; others are world travelers. Writing Studies graduate students have one thing in common—they want to write.
Why does Writing Studies apply to so many areas?
Very few “creative” writers make their living from craft alone (Stephen King being the exception!) We believe that our program should address the needs of writers who will write professionally and creatively, who will teach during the school year and write novels during the summer, who will cover news stories by day and write poetry by night.
What are the courses like?
What kinds of writing should I submit?
How long will it take to complete the program?
All courses will be scheduled after 6:00 p.m. to accommodate part-time students who are employed during the day. Most courses will be offered in the fall, spring and summer.
Thus, students can accomplish their continuing education goals according to their own time schedule, whether accelerating or taking a more deliberate approach toward attaining a degree. The flexibility of this program accommodates everyone.
Students who are admitted to the program can take courses at a full load (four courses per semester) and expect to finish the MA in eighteen months (including thesis project work).
Is financial assistance available?
Students applying for financial aid administered by Saint Joseph’s University must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to be eligible for federal financial assistance, the applicant must be enrolled on a half-time basis (at least 6 credits per semester) and be a citizen of the United States or have permanent resident status. Stafford Loans are available through the University's Financial Assistance Office. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Assistance Web site at http://www.sju.edu/finaid for current information pertaining to applying for aid.
Are graduate assistantships available?
A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available by applying to the Department of English. Graduate Assistants may be assigned to work with the Writing Center, Sports Media Office, University Communications, or diverse editing projects managed by faculty in the department. For more information please contact the English Department.