Master’s (MS) in Professional Writing

Your words, your world. Professional writing offers a broad array of career opportunities across a wide range of industries and fields. If you are interested in technical writing/UX writing, science writing, business communications, writing for digital media/content creation, medical writing or financial writing, the MS in Professional Writing offered by the NYU SPS Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts prepares you for innovative full-time and freelance writing careers. Through elective course choices, you can hone your writing skills in one area or across related fields, making you highly valuable to multiple industries. This 36-credit, fully online graduate degree provides the convenience of learning from any location. You will build a solid foundation in writing, style, and rhetoric with in-depth explorations of emerging communication practices, document design, and the principles of professional writing. Real-world assignment in core and elective courses allow you to build a comprehensive, digital writing portfolio before you graduate to showcase your writing expertise and the quality of your NYU graduate degree. Our MS in Professional Writing students develop their creative abilities with a focus on professional stability.

Degree Advantages

  • 36-credit program of study
  • Fully online curriculum provides location flexibility
  • Develop your writing and editing skills, styles, and techniques
  • Build a professional-quality, digital writing portfolio from coursework
  • Customize your elective courses to match your interests and in demand writing specializations
  • Learn from expert faculty who are business communication specialists, science and medical writers, digital media strategists, technical writers, and more
  • Complete your MS in Professional Writing in full-time or part-time study options

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Who Should Apply for the MS in Professional Writing?

Turn your passion for writing into a lucrative career. This graduate writing degree is a springboard to a myriad of flexible career opportunities. Our workshop-model curriculum is an exciting fit for English majors, journalists, creative writers, educators; those working in technology, medicine, and the sciences; as well as individuals in the fields of digital media and advertising or business communications. Guided by industry expert faculty-members, you will work through assignments that target corporate, academic, and real-world audiences to build professional-quality writing portfolios before you graduate.

Occupations in media and communications: 151,500 new jobs or +14% growth from 2020 to 2030. - US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Become Part of an Online Learning and Writing Community

Mirroring the increasingly digital, global, and collaborative work environment of today’s professional world, the MS in Professional Writing brings faculty members, students, and guest lecturers together as part of an interactive, online educational community. Learn, write, edit, and revise writing projects with a cohort of classmates from NYC, across the country, and around the world.

Prepare for a Professional Writing Career

Words saturate our global business world and advances in communication technology and social media have increased the demand for highly skilled, professional writers across industries. Companies and clients rely on professional writers who are detail-oriented and able to produce timely and accurate copy with measurable impact on target audiences.

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Department Highlights

January 3, 2023
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Christinne Govereau, Class of 2021, Technical Editor at US Energy Information Administration
December 6, 2022
2022 Website Prototype Projects by MS in Professional Writing Students
December 2, 2022
Interview with Maggie McGwin, Class of 2020, Technical Writer at Palantir Technologies
October 28, 2022
Interview with Laila E. Dreidame, MSPW Class of 2019, Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships at United Way Bay Area
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
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
January 3, 2023
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Christinne Govereau, Class of 2021, Technical Editor at US Energy Information Administration
December 6, 2022
2022 Website Prototype Projects by MS in Professional Writing Students
December 2, 2022
Interview with Maggie McGwin, Class of 2020, Technical Writer at Palantir Technologies
October 28, 2022
Interview with Laila E. Dreidame, MSPW Class of 2019, Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships at United Way Bay Area
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
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