Professional Writing (MS)

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Program Description

MS in Professional Writing students develop their creative abilities with a focus on dynamic careers across a range of industries and evolving fields. Our curriculum encourages students to leverage new technologies while they confidently craft content that has measurable impact. Our master’s degree prepares graduates for full-time, part-time, and freelance writing careers in sectors that include: technology, education, finance, nonprofit/fundraising, marketing/advertising, government, medical/healthcare/wellness, science/environment/energy, and corporate communications.

Fully online and 36 credits, the MS in Professional Writing pairs the convenience of learning from any location with the quality of an NYU graduate degree. Real-world assignments in core and elective courses allow students to build a comprehensive, digital writing portfolio before they graduate. Every class has multiple real-world assignments that could be included in a digital writing portfolio.

Mirroring the increasingly digital, global, and collaborative work environment of today’s professional world, the MS in Professional Writing brings together faculty members, students, and guest lecturers as part of an interactive, online educational community. Our master’s degree in professional writing offers a weekly guided structure that keeps students on track through our flexible workshop-model curriculum.


All applicants to the School of Professional Studies (SPS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

  • Application Fee
  • College/University Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Degree Requirements
  • Recommendations
  • Kira Talent Assessment
  • Degree-Specific Requirements
  • English Language Assessment
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test
  • International Transcript Evaluation
  • International Student Visa Requirements

See degree specific application requirements for instructions specific to this program.