Professional Writing (MPW)

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Professional Writing (MPW) Overview

Chatham’s Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program is a broad-based, fully-online, accelerated program that leads to a unique, professional degree. Choose from concentrations in Technical Writing or Web Content Development, follow suggested paths of study for non-profit or communications professionals, or design a path of study to advance your career or help you switch to a new one. In addition to strengthening and developing writing skills across media, you'll explore the business of being a writer, including copyright and contracts, cover and query letters, standard business practices, and strategies for success.
Degrees Offered
  • MA
Program School
Application Deadline


We evaluate applications on a rolling basis; however, we recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.

Credits Required


Most full-time students will be able to complete the program in two years.

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Writing Programs

More Options

Chatham also offers affordable, online, 12-credit post-baccalaureate certificates in Technical and Grant Writing and in Web Development.

Explore the Master of Professional Writing Degree:

Students will explore the practice of writing in a variety of professional contexts, including technical writing; political writing; business and financial writing; writing for electronic media; web design; and critical writing. By bringing together students from a variety of different backgrounds, the MPW program offers an educational experience that reflects the realities of today’s shifting and expanding business world.

Applicant Must:
  • Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Probationary admission may be granted for applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0 who show extreme promise through their other achievements.)
  • Complete an online application for admission, including:
    • Online application
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Resume
    • One Letter of Recommendation

No GRE is needed.

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:

Chatham University
Office of Graduate Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: 412-365-1609
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PWR 606: Grant Writing

This course focuses on teaching the conventions and fundamentals of writing successful grants for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

PWR 616: Technical Writing

This course teaches students how to prepare letter reports and technical reports about subjects that require technical explanations, diagrams, charts, and jargon understood by technical readers.

PWR 621: Use of New and Social Media

This course seeks to give students the skills and confidence to create interesting and informative digital presentations and social media campaigns, based on simple presentation design and the latest delivery options.

PWR 625: Business and Organizational Writing

This course teaches students the rhetorical principles and writing practices necessary for content creation for multiple audiences and professional situations.

View Full Curriculum

Originally I picked the MPW program for technical writing, but wound up falling in love with the web concentration, which has changed the course of my life and career goals drastically. The MPW program at Chatham has given me a specialized set of skills that I never knew would be so valuable.


Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.

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A limited number of research, special project, and teaching assistantships are available to help defray the cost of tuition while allowing you to earn valuable, hands-on experience. These assistantships are in the form of tuition remission and will reduce your final tuition bill.

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Certificates in Professional Writing 

Chatham also offers affordable online, 12-credit post-baccalaureate certificates in Technical and Grant Writing and in Web Development. Each certificate can be completed in one or two terms. Students take a core group of three courses in their chosen concentration and fine-tune their expertise through one elective.

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Perspectives From Across the Field

Whether you’re a freelancer, a student, or a full-time staff writer or editor, you can benefit from tips, best practices, and perspectives from across the field of professional writing.

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Spotlight: Karen Lautanen, MPW ’15

When Karen Lautanen was young, she went on a field trip to the Mattress Factory, the converted mattress factory and avant-garde museum in Pittsburgh’s North Side. She had seen plenty of artwork before, but nothing like the Mattress Factory’s room-sized installations. “When you go into a traditional gallery, it’s very formal,” Karen muses. “There are guards. You have to look at things from a distance. But there’s something about interactive installation art that breaks down those barriers. I saw that people could express themselves in a whole host of ways, and that all equaled art.”

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Career Opportunities

Graduates have held positions including senior vice president and publisher; director of alumni relations; assistant VP for communications management; e-learning instructional designer; grant writer; managing editor; staff writer; and more.

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Best Practices

How to write a compelling grant proposal? How can we address the digital divide in healthcare communications? What’s the role of social media in non-profit campaigns? Investigate these and other best practices in strategic communication on our blog.