Online Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing Studies

Writing expertise enhances the impact you make in your profession!  A focus on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication creates value for your employer and positions you to advance in your career.   

The Online Degree Completion program in Writing Studies exposes you to professional writing opportunities, practical communication challenges, and critical examinations that shape public and political culture.

The Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing Studies positions you to work in variety of career fields based on broad exposure to writing styles, career-based expectations, and the use of tone to effectively communicate ideas.

Program Benefits and Outcomes

Millersville’s BA in English/Writing Studies online degree-completion program explores the vast opportunities to write.  The courses and interactions enable you to highlight where your skills, talents, and interests can best be utilized throughout your career.

  • Complete the program while you work.  100% online!
  • No set class times, but plenty of opportunity to engage with your professors and classmates.
  • Identify topics that appeal to you and hone your interests through a writing-focused special topics course
  • Develop personal relationship/mentorships with faculty members.
  • Opportunities to publish through Millersville journal submissions.
  • Development of a Digital Portfolio to showcase your work to current or future employers.
  • Writing opportunities that let you engage with community partners and network.


As a student focusing on Writing Studies, you will develop professional skills, enhance creativity, and focus communication with proven rhetorical strategies. You will learn to move audiences with your words.

The rhetorical approach we take positions the study writing as strategic, purposeful, and adaptable. The skills you learn in one class transfer to the others and to a variety of professional writing situations.

Below are some of the areas that will enable you to expand your skill sets:

  • Technical writing – Gain the skills to effectively adapt technical expertise to real-world users in software documentation, instructional guides, grant proposals and more.
  • Business writing – Enhance your ability to design texts like cost/ benefit analyses, financial reports, and internal and external communication for organizations.
  • Science Writing – Communicate the importance of scientific research to audiences ranging from specialists to policymakers to enthusiasts and beyond. You may need to utilize scientific writing to advance a concept or initiative for your employer. 
  • New Media – Reach audiences in new and powerful ways using new methods of communication like Web Content, Twitter, blogs and future technology.
  • Creative writing – Creativity in your writing will be interwoven throughout different courses to show you how to use the written word to compel readers.

Career Opportunities

Some examples of career opportunities for our Writing Studies graduates are:

  • Technology Industry
  • Videogame Industry
  • Content Management
  • Publishing
  • Blogging
  • Teaching English [Internationally]
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Law
  • Copywriting
  • Reviewing
  • Editing
  • Usability Testing
  • Feature Writing
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Social Media Writer
  • Corporate Blogger
  • Grant and Proposal writer
  • Admissions and Program Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

    • At least 30 transferable college credits
    • A 2.0 or higher overall GPA

    You must also submit the following:

    • A completed online application 
    • An official transcript from ALL previous institutions of higher education attended

    Program Major Requirements 

    The online Writing Studies program is a 120-credit degree-completion program (including transferred credits). 

    Required Major Courses:

    • ENGL 242 Reading Our World
    • WRIT 274 Craft of Writing
    • WRIT 280 Intro to Rhetoric for Writers
    • WRIT 312 Technical Writing
    • WRIT 316 Business Writing
    • WRIT 317 Editing for Publication
    • WRIT 318 Web Writing & Content Management
    • WRIT 319 Science Writing
    • WRIT 340 Rhetorical Analysis
    • WRIT 342 Reading and Writing for Civic Change
    • WRIT 466 Special Topics in Writing Studies
    • WRIT 472 Digital Portfolio
    • WRIT 498 Independent Study

    Additional general education or elective courses may be required depending on transfer credits.

    After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements.

  • Online Application & Acceptance Process
    • To apply for admission, please complete our quick and easy application!
    • Electronic Transcripts
      • Send electronic official transcripts directly from the school to our office at
      • Electronic transcripts are typically the fastest way to submit transcripts.
    • Mailed Transcripts
      • Have mailed official transcripts sent directly to our office:

        Office of Online Programs
        Millersville University
        Lyle Hall, Room 208
        P.O. Box 1002
        Millersville, PA 17551

    **Transcripts must be sealed, official copies sent directly from the university or college to our office.  Any opened transcripts (electronic or mailed) are considered unofficial copies**

    Millersville University’s Online Programs offer rolling admissions and applications are reviewed for acceptance as they become complete.


    Once all application documents are received an official admissions decision will be made, and a transfer credit evaluation will be completed. If accepted into the program, several emails will be sent with further information.  Mailed acceptance packets are sent upon request.

    To confirm acceptance and secure a spot in the program, the admissions response form must be submitted either electronically or by mail.

    Completed response forms can either be emailed to or mailed to the below address.  Email is recommended for faster confirmation!

    • Office of Online Programs
    • Millersville University
      Lyle Hall, Room 208
      PO. Box 1002
      Millersville, PA 17551
  • Cohort Start Dates

    This program has cohorts starting every August (fall) and January (spring).


    Visit the FAQ's page for the online Interactive and Graphic Design program for more information on our frequently asked questions!

    Please also visit our Online Student Support Resources page for more information and additional resources available to online students!

  • Support for Online Application and Admissions

    Our Online Programs Admissions Counselor will work with students from the point of interest until confirming their acceptance to help answer questions, provide transcript updates, complete transcript evaluations, announce admission decisions and assist with confirming enrollment.

    Our Online Programs Student Support Specialists will then continue to assist online students throughout the entirety of the program to assist with any and all non-advisement questions.

    Contact our office at (717)871-7200 or for any assistance!

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    • Online Programs Student Forms
      • Visit this page for a complete list of student forms used by the Office of Online Programs, such as Change of Delivery (COD) forms and Admission Response forms.