What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Public Writing is a degree program for students wishing to specialize in writing as an area of expertise. Students develop advanced writing strategies and skills with emphasis on rhetorical approaches and practices such as writing anchored to audience, context, purpose; writing attentive to community and cultural dynamics; and writing in consideration of public and professional trends and contexts. Students write in digital spaces including web pages, social media, and content-management systems; write for and in diverse public and disciplinary communities and audiences; and edit and publish in a variety of public and professional contexts. The major prepares students for careers in professional editing and publishing, technical writing, information development, communications management, communications strategy, content management, and web authoring. It also prepares students for graduate work in rhetoric, writing, public and community writing, technical writing, the teaching of writing, and the study of culture.

Students who elect the Professional and Public Writing major should contact the Director of Professional Writing in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Students should work closely with the department academic advisor, the program director, and with program faculty to shape a focus or theme in the major that fits their career interests and plans. Internships, management of writing projects, and development of a professional portfolio are all important aspects of student preparation for work in the writing-related professions, in public or private settings such as nonprofits, small, and large corporations, or in graduate study.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,330.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 September 2020, 11 January 2021


College of Arts and Letters

479 W. Circle Drive, Room 317,



48824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If you attended a school that follows a U.S. curriculum, please use these guidelines. If you are currently in upper secondary school: Certified copy of transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and, if possible, latest available for 12. If you completed upper secondary school: Certified copy of transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, indicating that a high school diploma has been awarded. MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

For international students

MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

Minimum English requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test: score of 79 with no sub score below 17, Paper-based test: score of 550 with no sub score below 52, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Regular admission: Score of 6.5 or higher, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum score of 53; minimum sub score requirement of 48.

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About this uni

International students enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, as well as a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries.

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