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Learn from the best in Penn’s Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts 

Andie Tursi, MPhil ’19

Andie Tursi, MPhil ’19

When Andie Tursi (Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts ’19) first came to Penn, she enrolled in as many graduate-level writing courses as she could in hopes of transitioning to a full-time writing career.  “A huge attraction of the liberal arts program is that I could study exactly what I wanted and take the classes that I was interested in,” she recalls. “I was not expecting to be able to take classes with Penn’s top faculty, who are some of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever encountered.” As a student in the Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil) program at Penn, Andie had the opportunity to explore new writing styles and pursue her creative interests guided by Ivy League instructors and published authors. 

Now an associate senior writer in Penn’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Andie has made a career writing features that celebrate alumni accomplishments and illustrate the impact of philanthropic contributions to the University. Outside of the workplace, she recently completed a collection of short stories as her MPhil capstone project. An advanced interdisciplinary degree that can be completed on a full- or part-time schedule, the MPhil program gave Andie the flexibility to take evening and online classes without interrupting her career. “When you have a full-time job, finding time to write is always a challenge,” says Andie. “The MPhil provides structure and deadlines for your work—and the guidance of someone who's done it before and believes that you can do it too.” 

Ideal for lifelong learners who previously completed a master’s degree, Penn’s MPhil program combines the independence of self-directed study with the expertise of world-class faculty and advising. With courses from a wide variety of disciplines across Penn schools at your fingertips, you can tailor the degree to meet your personal and professional goals. For Andie, that meant enriching her versatile writing skill set with tools she uses in fiction as well as higher education communications. “My job is to inspire,” she says of her role in development and alumni relations. “Being able to identify the heart of a story, to move readers emotionally—that fiction-writing education comes in handy.” 

“I really feel like a Penn-made writer,” adds Andie. “Penn gave me the confidence to pursue a career in writing, and a big part of that was learning from faculty who told me ‘Yes, you can do this, and not only can you do it, I expect you to do it.’” 

Contact our program director, Dr. Christopher Pastore, to schedule an appointment to review your current research and explore your options for pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts at Penn.

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