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Master's in Written Communication Degree

National Louis University's master of science in written communication program is designed for students who wish to

  • pursue careers as professional writers, editors, and communications managers
  • teach writing at the college level
  • develop professional works of fiction, nonfiction, plays, and screenplays for publication and production



Choose NLU's written communication master's degree if you want to:

  • master the skills of professional writing
  • teach college-level writing courses or combine teaching with your own writing
  • seek a promotion or make a career change that requires effective writing and a master’s degree
  • enrich your repertoire of written works and build a portfolio
  • grow your knowledge of classical and contemporary literature
  • gain insight into the nuances and approaches of writing across genres
  • refine your writing mechanics and fundamentals
  • open new avenues for personal growth through written expression
  • network with like-minded peers and professional writers through program workshops and events
Enrollment into the master of science in written communication (MSWC) program at NLU has been one of my best decisions. As a result of the knowledge and experience I’ve attained through my coursework and editorial internship, new career opportunities have become available. I’m forever grateful to Joanne B. Koch, Ph.D., director, MSWC program, for her guidance, leadership and inspiration.

Lorene Schweig, MSWC alumna

The art of effective writing in the fields of:

  • information and research-based writing
  • creative writing of memoir, children's books, novels, plays, screenplays, and poetry
  • journalism, feature writing, editing and creative nonfiction
  • public relations, marketing, and advertising
  • business communication and proposal writing
  • teaching college-level writing classes

Publishing opportunities:

  • submit pieces for publishing consideration in our annual literary anthology, Mosaic
  • be a contributing writer to our monthly newsletter, Write On!

Business and Applied Communications Concentration

Courses include “Editing for Publication,” “Advertising and Promotional Writing in the Digital Age,” “Writing for Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs,” “Online Editing,” “Journalism,” and “Feature Writing.” Our alumni are currently working for a variety of corporate and non-profit organizations in the Chicago area, in areas such as public relations, internal communications, proposal writing, marketing, and account management.


Teaching of Writing Concentration

Courses include “Teaching of Freshman English Composition,” “Practicum/Internship of Teaching Undergraduate Communications,” and “Rhetorical Theory.” Our alumni are currently serving as adjunct and full-time instructors at numerous Chicago-area colleges, including College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Elgin Community College, and National Louis University.


Nonfiction and Creative Writing Concentration

Courses include “Advanced Expository Writing,” “Screenwriting,” “Reading and Writing the Short Story,” “Creative Writing: Children’s Books,” “Creative Writing: Fiction,” “Introduction to Writing Poetry,” “Reading and Writing Oral History,” as well as memoir and research-based nonfiction writing classes. Our alumni are currently contributing writers and columnists for Chicago-area magazines, newspapers, and online publications, as well as authors of books, plays, and screenplays.

Classes are in a blended format (i.e., a combination of face-to-face and online sessions).

Classes that meet face-to-face may take place on a weeknight or Saturday to accommodate working students’ schedules.

Students may complete the program at their own speed, with most taking one to two courses per ten-week quarter.

Courses are taught by published writers, seasoned business professionals, and produced playwrights and screenwriters. Meet the program director, Joanne Koch, and the faculty.

For those who choose to write for the workplace, there is increasing demand for proposals, manuals, internal communication pieces, client newsletters, website copy editing, social media content management, sales brochures, press releases, and advertising copy writing.

Internships at community colleges and at various media outlets provide a pathway to a fulfilling full-time or part-time career.

For those who prefer to write fiction or nonfiction—be it for adults, young adults, or children—writing can be financially rewarding and personally enriching.

As information and ideas proliferate, the need to communicate rapidly and effectively also increases. Writing is the lifeblood of any technically advanced society, because information is its most important and fastest-growing product.

On paper or online, written communication is everywhere.

NLU offers a variety of writing courses and internships. Many internships lead directly to payment for writing and teaching. Partnerships with community colleges and publishers, including College of DuPage, College of Lake County, the Chicago Sun-Times, and 22nd Century Media, provide a pathway to positions in communications and teaching.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


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