Professional Writing

About Program Admission Requirements

Creative? Curious about the world? Drawn to writing as a way of sharing ideas and information with others? Professional Writing may be for you.

No matter where we live and work, effective written communication of ideas and information, knowledge and opinion is indispensable. In politics, business, community organizations and the media, the ability to write knowledgeably and precisely is fundamental. As societies continue to change, people with skills in and knowledge of the written and spoken word will be counted on to provide insight into the many transformations influencing our lives.

In every sphere of life and work, clear and effective written communication of ideas and information, knowledge and opinion is essential. We combine studies of the historical and theoretical analysis of written expression with the development of practical expertise in creating, managing, coordinating and presenting written information in a constructive and dynamic fashion.

There are three streams:

  • Books (editing)
  • Periodicals (writing non-fiction prose)
  • Institutional Communications (writing in and for business)

You will be encouraged to select a second field of study to complement the background and expertise developed in your writing program courses.

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.