Professional Writing

About Program Admission Requirements

Professional Writing—Writing as a profession; writing in a profession.

The Professional Writing Program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University offers students a unique opportunity to study and to acquire practical expertise in a wide range of written expressions that inform and shape our culture. The combination of knowledge and expertise is highly sought after by employers who recognize the spiralling need for effective communications in today’s and tomorrow’s economy. Students in our program develop inventive approaches to writing that keep pace with cultural, social, and technological transformation in the contemporary world.

Why Professional Writing at York?

York’s Professional Writing Program is unique. As a program of the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Faculty, we strive to connect and complement the traditional strengths of a Liberal Arts degree with practical, professional experience. Our program core provides a firm grounding in the history, theory, and critical investigation of writing practices while providing  hands-on experience in the creation, management, and presentation of dynamic, responsive writing.

Through our Specialized Honours, Honours BA and Minor degree programs, we promote connectedness between our program and other programs at York, Seneca@York, and the greater York community.  

York’s Professional Writing Program has a unique relationship with Seneca College. Our students take a series of courses through Seneca’s School of Media at the Seneca@York campus where they gain hands-on experience while working with faculty who are also current practitioners.

Experiential education is an inherent aspect of our programs. Building on the theoretical and critical knowledge and practical skills developed throughout the curriculum, students in our upper-year experiential courses, design, manage and implement community projects or gain concrete experience planning and producing text-based and digital writing.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Professional Writing: An Introduction
  • Research for Professional Writers
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Publisher
  • Media professional (journalist, editor)
  • Community service worker
  • Communications specialist
  • Writer of fiction and non-fiction

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 (GCE). (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 combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components 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.