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The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Whether you are an amateur or professional writer, the UWW Degree Completion Program will help you finish your bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies online with a focus in writing so you can evolve your craft and advance your career. You will learn how to position yourself as a writer, from thinking as an entrepreneur to understanding the vast range of outlets for writing in the 21st century. 

You can tailor your degree with online courses in creative fiction or non-fiction, screenwriting, graphic novels, autobiographies, short stories, children's literature, imaginative literature, magazine writing, professional and management writing, public relations, grant writing, and food writing. 

Program Benefits 

  • You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended, or on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of the UWW courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule. 
  • Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money. 
  • Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your individualized concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in public policy or political science to become a political writer, to focusing on online communications courses to enter into advertising, marketing, or public relations. 
  • Earn Your MFA: Many of our students who study writing go on to MFA programs.

Your Future in Writing 

With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in writing you can advance your career in a variety of fields, including business, communications, government, healthcare, journalism, creative writing, and many more.

Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses

You will take courses taught by distinguished instructors from the UMass Departments of English, Comparative Literature, Journalism, and Film Studies.

To give you an idea of the types of online writing and related courses that you could choose from, here is a sampling offered over the past few years.