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Widener partners with Rosemont to offer accelerated bachelor’s + master’s degrees in creative writing or publishing

Widener University is partnering with Rosemont College to offer an accelerated program in which students earn a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Widener and a master’s degree in creative writing or publishing from Rosemont in only five years.

“We are pleased to build this partnership with Rosemont,” said David Leaman, PhD, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Widener University. “This agreement will allow Widener students to gain a career edge in the fields of publishing and creative writing, and build on the strong liberal arts foundation they experience at Widener.”

"Because of this partnership, Rosemont and Widener can offer prospective creative writing and publishing students something very unique and special - a chance to get a jump start on a Master's degree,” said Lisa M. Dolling, PhD, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Rosemont College. “Our two schools are committed to supporting students at every level through community building and student centered teaching, so it only made sense that we would work together. It's a very exciting time."

Janine Utell, PhD, chair of English and creative writing at Widener, added, “Rosemont is a natural partner for us as we continue to grow innovative academic and professional opportunities for our students.”

In the program, Widener students will begin their undergraduate studies at Widener and then apply to Rosemont after their sophomore year. Students with a 3.0 GPA are guaranteed an interview for admission.

The accepted students will then take graduate courses at Rosemont during their junior and senior year at Widener at no additional cost, allowing the students to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years, with faculty mentoring and support.

Students who are admitted to the accelerated dual-degree program and meet the academic requirements will receive a tuition discount on the graduate tuition while completing master’s degree coursework at Rosemont.

To learn more, contact Utell at 610-499-4527 or


Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,

Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational Catholic institution. Rosemont offers a comprehensive education through small group and experiential learning experiences while providing campus-wide academic, spiritual, and professional support. The college respects and embraces diversity and individuality and promotes students’ lifelong success. For more information, visit