Carnegie Mellon University

Masters of Professional Writing Program

The Masters of Arts in Professional Writing prepares students  to work as communication specialists in government, business, and industry. The program requires three semesters of coursework plus a professional internship.


The M.A. in Professional Writing (MAPW) in the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University is proud to prepare students for writing and communications careers. The program was one of the first of its kind and continues to introduce important new curricular developments.  Key features of the program include:

  • Distinguished faculty offering coursework in areas such as new media, technical writing, document and information design, user experience research methods, global communications, science and healthcare writing, and non-profit communication.
  • A foundational core curriculum with flexible elective options to help achieve a variety of career goals. · 
  • Close-knit, collegial classes.
  • Assistance with locating a professional writing internship in a corporate, government, media, non-profit, arts, or university setting.
  • Tuition scholarship opportunities, including a Departmental scholarship amounting to a 45% reduction in tuition.
  • A 90+% placement rate in communications jobs across corporate, government and university sectors and a strong network of alumni with outstanding careers.

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Spotlight: Suguru Ishizaki

Professor Ishizaki demystifies visual-verbal synergy in printed documents.

Suguru Ishizaki teaches one of the foundational courses in the MAPW curriculum: Document and Information Design. The course introduces students to the concepts, vocabulary, and practical issues of visual communication design through a series of hands-on projects in various rhetorical situations

Suguru Ishizaki is a scholar/designer specializing in communication and user experience design, with over 30 years of experience in both academia and industry. Suguru's current research focuses on Technology-Enhanced Learning for writing and Computer-Assisted Rhetorical Analysis; and his professional experience includes traditional visual communication design, visualization of complex information, and user experience design for enterprise applications. 

Suguru Ishizaki