Programs in Writing Graduate and Professional Studies McDaniel College

Westminster, MD
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McDaniel College Overview

Established in 1867 as (initially as Western Maryland College), McDaniel College has been offering highly regarded graduate-level liberal arts and education programs since 1935. Located in historic Westminster, MD, the college is located just 22 miles from historic Gettysburg, PA, 30 miles from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 60 miles from Washington DC.

McDaniel attracts a diverse graduate student population of over 1,800 students participating in over 25 graduate programs. Classes are offered in convenient schedules and flexible formats including face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats designed to accommodate the busy schedules of graduate students.

A "teach first" institution that focuses on high levels of student engagement and interaction, McDaniel has been profiled in the book "Colleges That Change Lives" for the close personal attention that is paid to each individual student.

Writing Programs Overview

Graduate and Professional Studies programs at McDaniel College have partnered with industry experts including award winning authors, publishers, and editors from around the country to offer graduate certificate programs in Romance Writing and Writing for Children and Young Adults. Each of these 15 credit graduate certificate programs are offered online and are taught exclusively by these industry experts. Students have regular interaction with faculty members and experience highly engaging discussions, critiques, and feedback geared toward perfecting the students' craft and preparing them for the industry.

The Romance Writing certificate program is designed for new and experienced writers who are serious about their craft and who want to master the art of putting believable relationships on the page. The coursework focuses on exploring character in conflict to build coherent, absorbing, well-structured stories. These online graduate courses are taught by experts in the field, such as "New York Times" bestselling romance writer Jennifer Crusie and Dr. Pamela Regis, Vice-President, International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. For those not interested in graduate credit, a noncredit version of the entire program is available. Noncredit participates receive the exact same program, interaction, and experience as credit students but go through an abbreviated registration process rather than a full graduate program admissions process.

The Writing for Children and Young Adults (WCYA) certificate program is designed for working professionals who want a straight path to publishing in the field. Students receive professional feedback, critiques, and interaction, all to expose them to life in the field and equip them with the skills and experience needed to succeed. Like in the Romance Writing program, the online graduate courses are taught by experts in the field, such as award-winning author Ramona Kerby, PhD; Kristen Daly Rens, Senior Editor with the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books; Parents' Choice Gold Award winner Edie Hemingway; and children's book editor, turned author, Jill Santopolo.

The 15 credits earned from these writing programs can be rolled into the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) programs should students choose to do so.

Location & Contact

Programs in Writing

McDaniel College

2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157-4390
United States

Ms. Crystal Perry

Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment Management 

Phone: 410-857-2516                              
Fax: 410-857-2515

Ms. Penny Pfeiffer

Sr. Graduate Enrollment Specialist

Phone: 410-857-2513
Fax: 410-857-2515

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Counselor Education Master of Science (MS)
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    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
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    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
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  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, MAT, or NTE/PRAXIS I, 3 letters of reference
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    • International DegreesTOEFL required

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    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
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