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.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Visit the Admissions Deadlines page to view the application deadlines.

Admissions Criteria

The NYU SPS Admissions team carefully weighs each component of your application during the admissions review process to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the dynamic learning environment and the challenging curriculum that the NYU School of Professional Studies offers.

CONTACT ADMISSIONS

The NYU SPS Admissions team is here to help you navigate the admissions process and ensure that all of your questions and/or concerns are addressed. Call or email to set up a Zoom or Skype appointment.

212-998-7100 • sps.admissions@nyu.edu

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.

The Malkemes Scholarship is available to MS in Professional Writing and MS in Translation and Interpreting students beginning their graduate studies in these two fully online, innovative degree programs. The award aims to support students entering either program with a focus on work that advances issues of equity and inclusion and will cover the cost of one 3-credit course in either program ($7000 per award).

Apply here if you are an admitted student to the MS in Professional Writing or MS in Translation and Interpreting. Students receiving tuition remission from NYU are not eligible for Malkemes Scholarships. New students will have the opportunity to apply once they have received their NYU SPS admissions letter.

Application deadline is August 15. The scholarship is available to full- or part-time students. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and professional interests.

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Career Success

For the last two years, 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 151,500 new jobs, or 14% growth, from 2020 to 2030 for occupations in media and communications (including equally high 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

August 8, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Vivian Udeh’s UX Writer Internship at Google
August 2, 2022
Malkemes Scholarship Now Available to Newly Admitted MSPW & MSTI students
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
July 21, 2022
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Megan Diamondstein, Acting Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications & Digital Director for the Center for Reproductive Rights
May 26, 2022
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Lisa Burdige, VP, Associate Creative Director at YuzuYello an IPG Health company
May 16, 2022
2022 NYU MSPW Convocation Award Recipients
August 8, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Vivian Udeh’s UX Writer Internship at Google
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
May 16, 2022
2022 NYU MSPW Convocation Award Recipients
March 10, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Brandi Addison
January 12, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Nandi Dabrowski
October 25, 2021
MSPW Student Spotlight: Gabriella Evans and JustCleanStyle
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
February 4, 2022
MSPW Announces Documenting Global Pandemic Experiences Project
November 18, 2019
Dr. Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Academic Director of the MS in Professional Writing, speaks at the 2019 Words Without Borders Gala
July 21, 2022
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Megan Diamondstein, Acting Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications & Digital Director for the Center for Reproductive Rights
February 11, 2022
MSPW & MSTI Academic Directors Awarded Faculty Innovation and Antiracism Microgrant
September 7, 2021
NYU SPS Academic Director and Associate Professor Kristine Rodriguez Kerr is Named an UPCEA Diversity in Leadership Scholar
April 9, 2021
Katherine Newhouse, EdD, receives NYUSPS 2021 Teaching Excellence Award
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
August 8, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Vivian Udeh’s UX Writer Internship at Google
August 2, 2022
Malkemes Scholarship Now Available to Newly Admitted MSPW & MSTI students
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
July 21, 2022
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Megan Diamondstein, Acting Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications & Digital Director for the Center for Reproductive Rights
May 26, 2022
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Lisa Burdige, VP, Associate Creative Director at YuzuYello an IPG Health company
May 16, 2022
2022 NYU MSPW Convocation Award Recipients
August 8, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Vivian Udeh’s UX Writer Internship at Google
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
May 16, 2022
2022 NYU MSPW Convocation Award Recipients
March 10, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Brandi Addison
January 12, 2022
MSPW Student Spotlight: Nandi Dabrowski
October 25, 2021
MSPW Student Spotlight: Gabriella Evans and JustCleanStyle
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
February 4, 2022
MSPW Announces Documenting Global Pandemic Experiences Project
November 18, 2019
Dr. Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Academic Director of the MS in Professional Writing, speaks at the 2019 Words Without Borders Gala
July 21, 2022
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Megan Diamondstein, Acting Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications & Digital Director for the Center for Reproductive Rights
February 11, 2022
MSPW & MSTI Academic Directors Awarded Faculty Innovation and Antiracism Microgrant
September 7, 2021
NYU SPS Academic Director and Associate Professor Kristine Rodriguez Kerr is Named an UPCEA Diversity in Leadership Scholar
April 9, 2021
Katherine Newhouse, EdD, receives NYUSPS 2021 Teaching Excellence Award
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