Master's Concentration

Professional Poetry Writing

Refine your passion for writing poetry, ground that passion in the evolving creative tradition, and build connections within the writing community. You will have the support you need to develop a writing practice that is both focused and flexible enough to sustain you on the journey to publication. Gain the skills needed to craft poetry that expresses your deepest insights in ways that move your audience.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 7
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$32,928
Time
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Identify and analyze key elements of poetry


Produce poetry writing using knowledge of poetic fundamentals


Develop a professional presence in the poetry world

Curriculum

Master of Arts in Professional Creative Writing with a concentration in Professional Poetry Writing requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

5
Core Courses
4
Concentration Courses
3
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Professional Creative Writing program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

Time to Completion
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Take a Course Before You Apply


We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Professional Poetry Writing


New revenue sources are on the rise for poets, as spoken word poetry and online poetry blogs continue to surge in popularity.


Writers and authors who adjust their work for online content and social media should have an advantage.

Job Titles

Poet
Writer
Editor
Song Writer
Libretto Writer
Teacher Copywriter
Teacher
Marketer

Writer and Author Salary: National Average

$61,820
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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