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: John Oddo

John Oddo teaches one of the foundational courses in the MAPW curriculum: Style. This course is designed to teach students strategies for diagnosing and editing writing problems. Students master a “technical vocabulary of style,” analyze professional documents for style problems, and teach professional clients how to revise their prose.

As a researcher, John Oddo specializes in discourse analysis, examining the language and imagery that politicians and journalists use to represent and legitimize war. John’s current research focuses on American discourse about war victims, particularly the victims of U.S. drone strikes.

John Oddo