About Program Admission Requirements

The English & Professional Writing program enriches your education by allowing you to take literature courses taught by York English faculty and rhetoric and writing courses taught by professional writers in the field. By combining English and Professional Studies into a single-degree program, the relationship between the two fields of study is highlighted.

This degree option will provide you with a more coherent course of study by connecting the two fields as complementary, rather than a double major or major/minor that treats them as separate disciplines. Close connections between critical reading, writing and analytical thinking are emphasized.

Professional Writing is housed in the Department of English and offered in collaboration with the Centre for Academic Writing and Seneca @ York.

Possible Career Paths: 
  • advertising and marketing professional
  • corporate communications specialist
  • technical writer

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.