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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 are seeking to move into positions requiring more effective writing skills, those who wish to teach writing at the college level or those seeking to develop professional works of fiction, nonfiction, plays and screenplays for publication and production.

Learn about the Written Communication program now offered at the new Weekend Center at NLU

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

  • Have a bachelor's degree in any field
  • Want to master the skills of professional writing
  • Wish to teach college-level writing courses or combine teaching with your own writing
  • Are seeking a promotion or making a career change requiring effective writing
  • Want to open new avenues for professional and personal growth involving writing
  • Are a high school English teacher seeking to improve your teaching of writing and advance in your field

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, PhD, 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, poetry
    • journalism, feature writing, editing and creative nonfiction
    • public relations and advertising
    • business communication
  • How to teach the basics of writing at the college level
  • How to edit and evaluate various types of written communication

Teaching of Writing Concentration

Courses in the Teaching of Freshman Composition at the college level and the opportunity for an internship at a Chicago area community college added to a variety of nonfiction, fiction and editing courses will prepare you for teaching writing at the college level. Our MSWC 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.

Public Relations, Corporate, Not-for-Profits and Other Applied Communications Concentration

Courses in Editing for Publication, Advertising and Promotional Writing in the Digital Age, Journalism and Feature Writing and the opportunity for mentoring and internships in these fields prepare you for positions in organizations at the corporate and not-for-profit levels. Our MSWC alumni are currently working for a variety of such organizations in the Chicago area, including major insurance companies and large school districts where they create public relations campaigns and direct departments of internal and external communications.

Nonfiction and Creative Writing Concentration

Courses in Fiction, Screenwriting, Short Stories, Writing for Children and Young Adults, as well as Nonfiction writing that includes gathering Oral History, Writing Memoir and Research-based Writing, provide students with opportunities to become writers who are published in print and online publications. Our MSWC alumni are currently contributing writers and columnists for Chicago-area magazines, newspapers and online publications, as well as authors of books, plays and screenplays.

Master's level classes meet one evening per week and on Saturdays. Students may complete the program at their own speed, with most taking one or two courses per ten-week quarter. Courses are taught by published writers and produced playwrights and screenwriters who are experienced instructors.

Learn more about program director Joanne Koch and the MSWC instructors

For those who choose to write for the workplace — as an employee or a consultant — there is increasing demand for proposals, manuals, internal and external newsletters, brochures, instructions and PR and advertising copy — done for print or online. For those who prefer to write fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults or children, writing can be financially rewarding and personally enriching. Internships at community colleges and at various newspapers and other publications provide a pathway to a fulfilling full-time or part-time career.

As information increases 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 electronically, written communication is everywhere.

NLU offers a great variety of writing courses and internships in teaching and professional writing, many leading 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 teaching writing at the college level and selling articles in magazines, newspapers and online publications.

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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