B.A. On Campus

Professional Writing

Carnegie Mellon University

48 months
57560 USD/year
57560 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Professional Writing major at Carnegie Mellon University is designed to develop articulate and reflective writing professionals with both the professional skills needed to negotiate current work contexts (including writing for the web and for multimedia) and the analytic and problem-solving skills needed to understand and keep pace with cultural and technological change. 


Professional Writing combines liberal and professional education with a strong foundation in rhetorical studies. While based firmly in the liberal arts tradition, the major has a strong career orientation and is specifically designed to prepare students for successful careers as writers and communications specialists in a range of fields: publishing, government, journalism, law, community advocacy, the non-profit sector, education, corporate communications, finance, and the arts. 


The Mission of the Carnegie Mellon University is to create a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge; problem solving; leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and personal health and well-being.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Seminar
  • Global Communication Center Practicum
  • Data Stories
  • Environmental Rhetoric 
  • Organizational Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application
  • $75 application fee*
  • Official high school transcript (please review our Academic Requirements)**
  • All required standardized testing official score reports, which includes the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language
  • Secondary School Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Common Application essay
  • Carnegie Mellon Common Application Writing Supplement, which includes three short answer questions
  • All fine arts applicants to the Schools of Drama and Music are required to arrange required pre-screen, audition or portfolio review.
  • All fine art applications to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design are required to submit required portfolio and creative materials.
  • Home schooled applicants should submit an academic portfolio/transcript consistent with their state guidelines and a list of all textbooks used.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    57560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 57560 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    57560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 57560 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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