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Professional Writing, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) Online
Your words, your world. The MS in Professional Writing is a fully online, 36-credit program from New York University 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 at New York University 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.

The Program

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Principles of Professional Writing
  • Writing for Digital Media
  • Business and Organizational Writing
  • Style and Rhetoric

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Standardized Test Information – GMAT or GRE (and TOEFL if required);
  • Transcripts & Degrees; 
  • Professional Information; 
  • Essays;
  • EQ endorsements must be submitted online;
  • International Student Supplement.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12408 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    24816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12408 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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