Master of Arts in Literature & Writing
Union Institute & University

Program Details

Persons who are passionate about reading, analyzing literature, and encountering new ideas will find a program well-suited for them at Union Institute & University (UIU). The school boasts a number of both undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs that are very accessible to adults working full time, and one such program deals with the art of literature of writing. That program is the Master of Arts in Literature and Writing (MALW).

The goal of the MALW program is to provide students with the opportunity for a deeper study of English language literature. Students gain a foundation of literary critical theory that helps them understand how literature interacts with the culture, social forces, and politics as well as literary works’ impact on future generations and today. Through application courses, students may also choose to explore the role of literature in their own creative writing processes as well as the art of teaching these subjects at a variety of levels.

The program centers around a student thesis project where students choose a topic to deeply research. The program’s flexibility enables students to choose any are of interest “from Renaissance to rap,” as the program says. In this research project, students will utilize the critical thinking and analysis skills they learned through their coursework to provide an in-depth analysis of their particular topic.

All students are required to complete 36 credits of classes to earn their degree; 12 of those credits are comprised of the degree’s core courses (Elements of Scholarship, Research Methods, and Disciplinary Foundations), 12 are comprised of application courses and field studies, and the final 12 credits are met through the thesis project and related courses. All degree requirements can be completed online, and students can enroll either full-time or part-time in this program.

Persons who earn their degree are qualified for a number of career options. The degree provides the necessary qualifications for students looking to enter the field of higher-education instruction. Additionally, the degree is great for persons who hope to pursue further education (most often in the form of a doctoral degree in literature) and for professionals looking to advance careers in publishing, advertising, public relations, etc. Persons interested in learning more about the degree program are encouraged to contact UIU program faculty.


  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Proof of English language proficiency

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission