NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies to Offer New Master of Science in Professional Writing

Rigorous Online Course of Study to Prepare Students for Writing Careers in a Changing Marketplace


NEW YORK, May 23, 2013 – The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) will launch a new Master of Science in Professional Writing during Fall 2013. The 36-credit degree program will provide the skill sets and the knowledge base to propel students to the very forefront of fields that require excellent writing, including business, healthcare, science, technology, politics, urban policy, and government. The degree, which can be completed totally online in just three semesters of full-time study, enables students to pursue careers as skilled writers, communications specialists, and information designers who are able to take advantage of the broad array of employment opportunities in an ever-evolving, technology-driven marketplace.

To successfully earn the degree, full-time and part-time students must complete a rigorous course of study, develop a professionally focused writing portfolio, and engage in an onsite internship or a directed study. The core curriculum consists of six courses, which total 18 credits and include:  Principles of Professional Writing, Writing for Digital Media, Business and Organizational Writing, Style and Rhetoric, Document Design and Media Presentation, and Principles of Information Architecture. Students can choose from four out of six elective courses that include: Writing for Health Professions, Promotional Writing, Writing for Finance, Technical Writing for Information Professionals, Writing for Science and the Environment and Proposals and Grants. In addition, they must complete a Final Thesis Report/Portfolio, as well as an Internship or a Directed Study.

“To succeed as a writing and/or communications professional, one must demonstrate a comprehensive background in the fundamentals of communication and technology, while building one’s expertise in an area or in areas of specialization,” noted Terry Shtob, Ph.D. executive director of the M.S. in Professional Writing and academic director of the NYU-SCPS Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing. “The M.S. in Professional Writing offers students the opportunity to develop their writing technique in high-demand fields including health professions, digital media, business, mass media, finance, science, or grant writing.”

Learning takes place in a convenient online environment. Small groups of students interact online with faculty members who possess proven academic and industry experience. In addition, they draw support and inspiration from their peers and from the vast resources of NYU, one of the nation’s most prestigious universities.

Applications are welcome from students who are just graduating from undergraduate and graduate programs, and from professionals who already have industry experience. Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in expanding their understanding of written communication and digital technologies.

For more information and to apply, visit scps.nyu.edu/mspw or call 212-998-7100.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.