MS in Professional Writing


Your words, your world. The MS in Professional Writing is a fully online, 36-credit program that prepares students to craft strategic copy and to shape important stories for target audiences in new and exciting ways. Our curriculum combines a traditional grounding in writing, style, and rhetoric with in-depth explorations of modern communication theories and emerging writing practices. Students develop their creative ability with a focus on professional stability.

Guided by our industry-experienced faculty members, MS in Professional Writing students work through assignments that target corporate, academic, and real-world audiences to build professional-quality writing portfolios from their coursework. By the end of the program, our graduates are practiced and effective writers who are qualified for active and engaging writing and communications careers across industries. This online graduate degree can be completed in full- or part-time study.

Confident Writers are in High Demand

Words saturate our global business world and advances in communication technology and digital media mean the demand for professional writers has never been higher. The MS in Professional Writing prepares confident writers with the skills to guide companies and clients through writing projects that have measurable impact on target audiences.

Online Learning Community


Mirroring the increasingly digital, global, and collaborative landscape of today’s professional world, our online program brings faculty, students, and guest lecturers together as an interactive online learning community. Learn, write, edit, and revise with a cohort of classmates from NYC, across the country, and around the world.

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Program Structure

Core Courses

Core courses build students’ professional writing foundation, focusing on mechanics and craft; professional contexts and digital spaces; and writing with design and audience needs in mind.

Internship OR Directed Study

Students select either a professional Internship or a mock-freelance Direct Study as part of their required course work.


Elective courses provide industry specific knowledge and allow students to develop nuanced understandings of areas of interest that support their personal professional writing goals.

Thesis Project and Digital Portfolio

In their final semester, students complete a thesis project and a digital portfolio. Both major assignments showcase their applied learning and proven abilities.


Degree Requirements

Additional Requirements

Students must complete both requirements.

Admission Criteria

In addition to submitting the admissions materials listed below, applicants to the MS in Professional Writing program must submit a 10-15 page writing sample with their applications. We encourage writing samples that include multiple works within the 10-15 pages. Essays, articles, academic papers, newsletters, grant and technical report excerpts, blogs entries, creative prose, short scripts, infographics, web copy, and letter templates are all welcomed. Please do not submit poetry.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Priority: January 15

Final: August 1

Spring Semester

Priority: September 15

Final: November 30

Summer Semester

Final: March 1

Required Documents

Personal Statement


Letter of Recommendation (One Letter Required, Two Letters Suggested)

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)


Applicants submitting official transcripts will be given priority during the application process. 


For Academic Year 2019-2020

Application Fee $150

Registration Fee (per semester) $651

Tuition per 3 credits $6,204

Language Proficiency

TOEFL scores are NOT required for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in the United States OR in a country where English is the primary language. Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.

For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.

NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. 

Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT)

If an international applicant has not achieved the minimum scores as described above, they are required to participate in the VEPT, a 50-minute online test that evaluates English language proficiency.

Financing Your Education

Click the link below to find important information regarding the federal aid process, NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) department and divisional scholarships, private loans, and the NYU payment plans.

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