Graduate Program in Professional Writing

If you're looking to improve your career as a communication specialist or information manager, the Graduate Program in Professional Writing at W&J College offers a flexible course of study in the skills you need. Master writing, editing, research, layout and design. Gain the expertise you need to prepare professional documents and presentations for different audiences and purposes. All you need to begin is an undergraduate degree in any field of study.

Graduate Certificate

If you're not ready to pursue the master's degree, but you need a solid grounding in professional writing, research, and editing to make your next career move, the graduate certificate program can help. The five course program consists of two required courses - Writing and Grammar (PRWR 601) and Research Methods (PRWR 605) - and three electives. Essentially, you can design the certificate around learning what you need to take your career to the next level. If you complete the certificate and want to continue to complete the master's degree, you can use those courses toward the degree.

Master's Degree

If you're looking for an in-depth course of study and a degree credential, then the master's degree program is for you. You will gain knowledge and in-depth experience in writing, research, editing, and design. In addition to the two required courses - Writing and Grammar (PRWR 601) and Research Methods (PRWR 605) - the master's degree requires eight electives in two categories. The degree culminates with a practicum or ninth elective and submission of an electronic portfolio of representative work.

Have Questions?

Contact Kathleen McEvoy, Director of the Graduate Program in Professional Writing, 724-503-1001, ext. 6549 or at

Academic Regulations & Assessment

To apply, you must possess a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5. All other academic policies and regulations of W&J College apply.

Performance in the program is assessed by exams, presentations, and professional documents. You must earn at least a 'C' in each course applied toward either the certificate or the master's degree.

When you complete the certificate or master's degree, you will be able to:
identify and write to target audiences
write in multiple genres (reports, brochures, proposals, oral presentations)
write for multiple platforms (print, web, social media)
manage and use social media in a professional context
conduct research in both print and electronic sources
understand professional ethics and best practices in the field
write grammatically and mechanically correct English
incorporate visual design to deliver a message

In addition, the master's degree offers further training in:
rhetorical and technical skills
specialized professional writing fields
editing and critiquing other writers
writing project management

Professional Writing Courses

You must complete these two courses for the graduate certificate or master's degree program.

PRWR 601 Writing and Grammar Learn to craft prose that is clear, concise, and correct and to apply your knowledge to a variety of professional writing situations.

PRWR 605 Research Methods Learn to conduct research using both print and electronic sources, and how to evaluate and integrate that research effectively into your work.

Program Costs

Each course costs $2,100. For students seeking financial assistance to help pay program costs, please note that the Office of Financial Aid is working closely with the U.S. Department of Education to determine the eligibility of this program for financial aid. It is not clear when this determination will be made. In the meantime, questions can be addressed to our Director of Financial Aid at​

There are no additional institutional fees for these courses. Parking is free and easily accessible next to the Burnett Center or behind the Technology Center.

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