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Master’s Concentration

Professional Poetry Writing: Master’s Degree

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.

Earn a graduate degree and certificate at the same time.

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Top-ranked, career-focused education in a flexible format.

At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 9

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree

Asynchronous and Hybrid Online

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


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


Core Courses


Concentration Courses


Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

PWRI 4500 The Writing Life: Concepts, Practices, and Professionalism
PWRI 4510 Literary Genres for Writers
PWRI 4520 The Writers Workshop
PWRI 4917 Market Research for Writers
PWRI 4001 Portfolio Foundations
PWRI 4901 Professional Creative Writing Capstone Project
PWRI 4920 Portfolio Capstone



Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

PWRI 4200 Masterworks: Poetry
PWRI 4210 Writing Poetry: Foundational Concepts, Skills, and Practice
PWRI 4220 Writing Traditional Verse and Contemporary Song Lyrics
PWRI 4230 Writing Improvisational Verse and Prose Poetry
Elective Courses

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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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.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Professional Poetry Writing.

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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

Song Writer
Libretto Writer
Teacher Copywriter

Writer and Author Salary: National Average


(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Professional Creative Writing

“The writing assignments at that level really helped elevate my writing. It made me more keenly aware of the editing process as well as some more practical purposes.” —Bobby LeFebre, graduate.

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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