MS in Professional Writing

Overview

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.

Electives

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: July 1

Spring Semester

Priority: September 15

Final: November 30

Summer Semester

Final: March 1

Required Documents

Personal Statement

Resume

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

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)

Transcripts

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

Fees

For Academic Year 2020-2021

Application Fee $150

Registration Fee (per semester) for 3 credit course $662

Tuition per 3 credit course $7,112

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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Career Success

In a 2019 survey of alumni, 100% of recent MS in Professional Writing graduates reported being employed within six months of graduation.

Graduates of the MS in Professional Writing go on to have active and engaging professional writing careers across industries in positions that include:

  • Technical Writers
  • Content Strategists
  • UX Writers
  • Copywriters
  • Marketing Writers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Medical Writers
  • Grant Writers
  • Financial Writers
  • Research Associates
  • Presentation Specialists
  • Communications Consultants
  • Freelance Writers (2019 Most Profitable Freelance Writing Niches include SEO/content strategy, white papers, long-form blog content, and company finance/annual reports)

Company websites, online publications, and digital services are growing in number, sophistication, and readership. This has increased the demand for writers that can create timely and accurate copy across traditional, digital, and multimedia experiences. During the pandemic, the rapid move to remote engagement in many sectors (work, entertainment, social) has highlighted the need for effective communication strategies and copy/content that is creative, compelling, and clear.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an average of 46,200 new jobs, or +4% growth, from 2019 to 2029 for occupations in media and communications (including higher predicted growth rates for some of the in-demand job titles above). In full-time, part-time, and freelance/contract careers, professional writers craft strategic copy for companies and clients in ways that leverage new and emerging technologies to reach target audiences.

As part of NYU School of Professional Studies, MS in Professional Writing students and alumni are connected to an international network of peers and professionals. The NYUSPS Wasserman Center for Career Development partners with the MS in Professional Writing on career initiatives and supports students and alumni seeking advancement.

Take a look at our program highlights and “Professional Writer at Work” interview series, below,  to learn more about student achievements and career paths.

 

Program Highlights

December 11, 2020
Guided by adjunct Instructor Clea Mahoney, MS in Professional Writing students share their thoughts with future students in an end-of-semester reflection newsletter
December 3, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Joanne Zeis, Senior Editor at Raremark
November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
October 5, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Thea Hogarth, Lead User Researcher/UX Writer, BrainPOP
September 11, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Simon Mullin, Head Writer, OnBrand/American Express
December 11, 2020
Guided by adjunct Instructor Clea Mahoney, MS in Professional Writing students share their thoughts with future students in an end-of-semester reflection newsletter
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
July 28, 2020
MS in Professional Writing course motivates out-of-department student, Jessica AuCoin, to publish “A COVID-19 Story” in American Nurse
June 8, 2020
2020 Website Prototype Projects by MS in Professional Writing Students
June 2, 2020
Two MS in Professional Writing students selected for 2020-2021 Dean’s Graduate Scholars Program, each receiving $10,000 award scholarship
May 19, 2020
Tony Davis, MS in Professional Writing graduate, selected as 2020 Flag Bearer
November 18, 2019
Dr. Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Academic Director of the MS in Professional Writing, speaks at the 2019 Words Without Borders Gala
December 11, 2020
Guided by adjunct Instructor Clea Mahoney, MS in Professional Writing students share their thoughts with future students in an end-of-semester reflection newsletter
November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
May 29, 2020
NYUSPS Faculty Panel discussing the switch to remote teaching, joined by Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, EdD
April 24, 2020
Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, EdD, receives NYU SPS 2020 Teaching Excellence Award
April 1, 2019
MS in Professional Writing faculty receive NYU SPS 2019 awards for Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Service
December 11, 2020
Guided by adjunct Instructor Clea Mahoney, MS in Professional Writing students share their thoughts with future students in an end-of-semester reflection newsletter
December 3, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Joanne Zeis, Senior Editor at Raremark
November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
October 5, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Thea Hogarth, Lead User Researcher/UX Writer, BrainPOP
September 11, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Simon Mullin, Head Writer, OnBrand/American Express
December 11, 2020
Guided by adjunct Instructor Clea Mahoney, MS in Professional Writing students share their thoughts with future students in an end-of-semester reflection newsletter
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
July 28, 2020
MS in Professional Writing course motivates out-of-department student, Jessica AuCoin, to publish “A COVID-19 Story” in American Nurse
June 8, 2020
2020 Website Prototype Projects by MS in Professional Writing Students
June 2, 2020
Two MS in Professional Writing students selected for 2020-2021 Dean’s Graduate Scholars Program, each receiving $10,000 award scholarship
May 19, 2020
Tony Davis, MS in Professional Writing graduate, selected as 2020 Flag Bearer
November 18, 2019
Dr. Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Academic Director of the MS in Professional Writing, speaks at the 2019 Words Without Borders Gala
December 11, 2020
Guided by adjunct Instructor Clea Mahoney, MS in Professional Writing students share their thoughts with future students in an end-of-semester reflection newsletter
November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
May 29, 2020
NYUSPS Faculty Panel discussing the switch to remote teaching, joined by Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, EdD
April 24, 2020
Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, EdD, receives NYU SPS 2020 Teaching Excellence Award
April 1, 2019
MS in Professional Writing faculty receive NYU SPS 2019 awards for Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Service