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  About the Professional Writing Program (PWP)



Established in 1999 as a two-year master’s program, the Professional Writing Program (PWP) aims to educate and train students in practical aspects of English writing. The program offers a range of courses in several professional writing fields, and seeks to balance work focusing on accuracy and language skills with more advanced study that covers critical thinking, research, and literacy in specific content and genre areas.

Past graduates of the PWP have gone on to specialize in journalism, business writing, public relations, translation, and English language education. Several graduates have gained admission to Ph.D. programs in related fields.





Requirements for the Professional Writing Program



1. Admissions



a. Applicants are accepted through an evaluation of submitted documents and interviews.



b. For Professional Writing Program (PWP) applicants, standardized English Proficiency Test scores must be submitted to be considered for admissions. Any of the following tests below are accepted (tests must have been taken within the last two years).



English Proficiency Test

Minimum Test Score














2. Required Courses



a. Students must complete nine graduate-level courses (27 credits) + extra credits (if applicable).



b. Extra credits are required for students whose undergraduate majors are different from the major field, or if there is a substantial gap between times of undergraduate degree conferral and entrance to the PWP program. Three to six credits can be required as additional credits.



3. Required Examinations



PWP students are required to pass three examinations in order to graduate: English Proficiency Test, Second Foreign Language Exam, and the Comprehensive Examination.



a. English Proficiency Test

All students are required to submit an official English proficiency test score. Please refer to Table 1.



b. Second Foreign Language Exam

All students are required to either take the Second Foreign Language Exam offered by the school or submit an official score report from another recognized Second Foreign Language Proficiency Test. Ewha's Second Foreign Language Exam is offered once each semester in six languages: German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Chinese characters.



c. Comprehensive Exam (Graduation Thesis Qualifying Exam)

PWP students are required to take the Comprehensive Exam after completing their required course credits. The exam tests the student's overall knowledge of five parts: Academic English, News Writing and Editing, Business Writing, Technical Writing and Professional Writing. Each part is worth 20 points. Out of 100 points, a score of 70 + must be made.



4. Graduation Thesis



a. Thesis Seminar

A thesis seminar is provided in both the spring and fall semester for students who begin to write their master's theses in their fourth semester. The course guides the students in the process of writing their thesis.



b. Thesis Mid-term Presentation

Thesis students are required to present an outline of their thesis to professors and students during the middle of the semester when they begin writing.



c. Thesis Defense

The Thesis Defense is the final evaluation of a student's master's thesis. Three professors are appointed as Thesis Committee members. The student must be able to defend herself in front of the Thesis Committee to pass this evaluation.




PWP Faculty



Professor Hye-Won Choi



Professor Choi received her Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University. She specializes in business and academic writing classes, and is currently the program director for the PWP.




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Professor Peter Kipp



Professor Kipp received his M.A.T. in literature from the University of Chicago. He specializes in technical writing and journalism classes.




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Professor Me-K Ahn



Professor Ahn received her M.F.A. in writing and literature from Bennington College. She specializes in creative writing classes and academic writing.




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Master’s Theses


• 2002. Seo, Ji Eun. Namo Webcanvas 1.0 Online Help.

• 2003. Oh, Young Joo. Living Guide to Ulsan.

• 2003. Chee, Ah Ran. Nutrition Survey 2001 National Health and Nutrition Survey Republic of Korea.

• 2004. Sung, Jung Hye. The Korean Foreign Workforce System and Its Shortcomings.

• 2005. Kim, Soo Jin. An English Guidebook to the Half-body Bath.

• 2005. Lee, Sang Min. Literary Translation Project: Sung Sukje's "Bathers".

• 2005. Park, Hye Kyeong. Lives in Prostitution: the Women of Gijichons, U.S. Military Camp Towns.

• 2005. Ryu, Seung Hyo. An English Travel Guide to Gyeonggi-do.

• 2005. Lee, Yeon Joo. A Cookbook for Traditional Korean Weddings.

• 2005. Choi, Yi Ryeong. Literary Translation Project: the Sea and the Butterfly.

• 2006. Cho, Eun Hye. A Public Relations Campaign for the Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival.

• 2007. Gwon, Young Shin. Feature Stories Related to Korean Musicals: a Practical Approach to Feature Writing on the Arts.

• 2007. Kim, Eun Ji. A Special Report on English Study Abroad in East Asia.

• 2007. Ryu, In. A Culture-oriented Approach to Translating Kim Young-ha's "Though Loving You".

• 2007. Sung, Bo Young. Korean-English Media Translation: TV Subtitles for the Sitcom Do the Right Thing.

• 2008. Yoo, Ji Sun. English Web Guide to Goyang City, Korea.

• 2008. Tsoy, Larissa. English City Guide to Astana, Kazakhstan.

• 2009. Jung, Wha Young. An English Web Guide for the Ewha Womans University Professional Writing Program.

• 2009. Kim, Sun Min. An English Guidebook to the Korean Tea Ceremony.

• 2009. Park, Kyung Ah. Translating Context Together with Text in TV Donghwa Haengbokhan Saesang.

• 2010. Poudel, Gita. A Guidebook to Nepali Festivals.

• 2011. Song, Myoung Sun. Seoul Style: A Cultural Reading on Fashion, Consumption and Popular Culture in Korea.


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