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Professional Writing (Minor)

Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Professional Writing?

Professional writers are an important part of many businesses, industries, and public and private institutions. Today’s workplace relies on skilled writers for everything from ad copy to technical documentation to web content creation and management.

Professional writers work with knowledge specialists in many different fields and are able to create content in different formats and using a variety of platforms and tools. Professional writers understand a broad range of readers and know the best ways to communicate information to them in written, visual, digital, and oral media.

The Professional Writing minor is designed for students in any major. The program complements all degree programs and gives students tools and skills that are essential to today's work environment.

With a Minor in Professional Writing, you will know:

  • The contemporary conventions of English grammar, usage, style, punctuation and syntax
  • A range of editing skills, including copy-editing and structural editing
  • Strategies for effective communication for different audiences across various platforms
  • Strategies for different approaches to research, interviews, and content creation

Program highlights

  • Complements any major and provides highly valuable professional competencies

Program structure

Program option

  • Minor in Professional Writing (24 credits)

This minor must be combined with a major, specialization or honours program.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

English proficiency
Some applicants may be required to write an English language proficiency test with the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) – a minimum score of 100 with 22 in the writing component
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall with a 6.5 in the writing component
  • DET score of 120 and above with no subscore under 90

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Thanks to Concordia's emphasis on taking an interdisciplinary approach to your field of study, you'll graduate with a depth of knowledge informed by an understanding of how your subject connects to the wider world. You'll be ideally positioned to succeed in a professional role that demands rigorous analytical thinking, sharp communication skills and the ability to approach problem-solving from multiple dimensions. 

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