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Technically you don't have to go to school to become a writer at all as long as you practice the craft and can get your foot in the door and get published. However, it helps to have a degree. The most common degree for professional writers to have is a bachelors. Some companies and organizations require at least this degree for writers. Unless you're planning to go into academic writing, you probably don't need a masters or a PhD to get a job. If you want to be a writer with expertise in a certain field, then an advanced degree can certainly help. The most important thing you need to become a professional writer are samples of your work, preferably published. The best way to do this, other than submitting writing to different publications, is to find an internship in college that offers you the opportunity to publish your own work. It's a great way to build your portfolio and resume, which are key to becoming a professional writer.